Earlier today in Izumi, Osaka, fight fans saw two Japanese fights pick up quick yet notable wins over international visitors.
The first of those victories was scored by 2017 All Japan Flyweight Rookie of the Year Joe Shiraishi (7-0-1, 3) [白石聖], who defeated Indonesian foe Stevanus Nana Bau (8-9-2, 2) with a second round KO. The Japanese 21 year old boxed at range for the opening round, avoiding the wild swings of Bau whilst finding his own range and timing. In the second round Shiraishi picked up the pace and landed a fantastic combination that saw him drop Bau for the 10 count, with just over a minute of the round remaining.
Whilst it wasn't a big win for Shiraishi it was his first bout since December 2017, when he claimed the Rookie of the Year crown.
The second victory was scored in the main event by the limited but heavy handed Yoshiya Yokogawa (9-11-2, 8) [横川聡也], who landed a brutal right hand on Filipino Glenn Medura (9-4-1, 5) who was unable to beat the count. The Japanese fighter, who had only won 1 bout in the last 4 years, recorded his third opening round win whilst Medura has now suffered 3 stoppage losses in Japan, including a defeat to Ryosuke Iwasa.
(Image courtesy of Boxmob.jp)
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