Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] pick up his latest win, taking a close majority technical decision over southpaw Hyuma Fujioka (10-8-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬].
The experienced Akaho struggled early on, with Fujioka landing his straight shots and made the most of his southpaw stance. Despite the fact the Fujuoka was having success his shots lacked real bite, and it was the heavier blows of Akaho which were starting to impress around round 3, and those blows would do enough to catch the eye of the judges, despite a clash of heads cutting the left eye of Akaho.
The cut was a bad one, but it seemed to spur Akaho into upping his intensity, something that he seemed to feel he needed to do.
Towards the end of round 5 the bout was halted, taking us to the judges, who gave Akaho the bout with scores of 50-46 and 49-47, whilst the third judge had the bout even 48-48. After the bout Akaho seemed to be clearly disappointed with himself, and stated that he would have a think about what he would do going forward. Fujuioka, despite losing, seemed the much happy man in regards too the bout, and it was obvious he felt he had proven himself as a capable fighter, despite suffering his 8th loss.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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