The bout went back and forth through much of the early going, with neither man really being able to get control of the contest, with both men being forced to take some clean and hard shots. The back and forth action made the bout hard to score clearly for either man, but in the final rounds the more experinced Sanpei managed to finally take control and do enough to earn a majority decision.
The result saw the judges turn in cards of 76-76, 77-76 and 78-75 to claim the win. For Sanpei the bout ressurects his shaky career, which had seen him suffer 4 losses in his previous 5 bouts, and hopefully for the sake of his career he can build from the win, which he really did need. As for Ishii he is now 2-3 in his last 5, but showed enough here to rebuild following a very close defeat in what was his first 8 rounder, and a huge learning experienced for the inexperienced youngster.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)