The two men seemed to be fully aware of how important the bout was and both looked sharp from the off, with Tanaka using his feet and jab brilliant, whilst Marugame looked to get inside and work the body. The pace picked up as the bout went on, and Tanaka managed to get a big break through in round 5 when he managed to drop Marugame.
Marugame recovered from the knockdown and looked like aman who was fine as he attacked, and then gritted his teeth through round 6, knowing that he had to turn things around. Sadly for Marugame his heart and determination wasn't enough and in round 7 Tanaka rocked him, and went for the finish, until the referee finally saved Marugame.
For Tanaka the 7th round TKO win helps him put a shock loss to Ryohei Takahashi behind him whilst Marugame has now loss 3 of his last 4 bouts and seems like a man who's once promising career is now hanging by a thread.
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