Nishida came forward from the off, as he typically does, and Takesako looked to use his jab to get a read on the distance and timing of the defending champion. With Nishida coming forward behind a tight guard he seemed more focused on applying pressure with his feet than letting his shots go, allowing Takesako to look for holes, and he found one with a hard shot to the body, which immediately hurt Nishida. A follow up right sent Nishida down hard, where the referee waved the bout off.
It was a brutal and convincing outing from Takesako, who has still not been beyond 3 rounds, but has destroyed the best domestic competition out there, with back to back opening round wins against Shoma Fukumoto and Hikaru Nishida. There are opponents out there at domestic level if he just wants to rack up some experience, such as fellow puncher Koki Tyson (13-3-2, 11) [太尊 康輝], though it would seem a better idea to chase the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles, both currently held by countryman Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸].
For Nishida this loss is a major one, and whilst it's clear Takesako can punch, we do wonder if the wars the champion has had have maybe taken something out of him, as he really has been in some brutal bouts recently, including his 2017 war with Tomohiro Ebisu, who actually retired following his bout with Nishida. As for Takesako the win should be a launch pad towards a really thrilling career in the years to come.