Mukai got off to a great start, getting his sharp southpaw jab into play early on and lining up his straight left hand. His jab was always going to be the key to any successful gameplan but it was taken away from him in round 2 as Yaegashi cut the distance and attacked the body of Mukai, working away at the mid-section of the taller man.
Yaegashi continued to cut the distance in round 3 but Mukai fought back, gritting his teeth and began to try fight Yaegashi off. The intensity grew as the crowd got behind both fighters in what was becoming a war. The crowd managed to spur Mukai on massively in round 5 as he began to turn the fight around, and looked to hurt Yaegashi with some notable body work.
With Mukai having success in round 5 he seemed to try and build on it in round 6, but that just drew the fire out of Yaegashi who stepped on the gas and dragged Mukai into an all out fight. It was the best round of the fight and had the crowd on their feet as the two men began to really hurt the other and Mukai looked to have been rocked on the bell.
The all action battle of round 6 continued into round 7, with the fight swinging one way, and then the other, with Yaegashi finally getting the better of it and rocking Mukai who was unable to fight off Yaegashi as he followed up and forced the referee to stop the action.
At the end of the bout both men were swollen, and marked up around the face, but both had given the fans something very special to watch and it's fair to say that those not at the venue have got something to look forward to on Saturday when Fuji TV air the bout.
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