The two headline bouts from that card featured the Maruki brothers taking on Indonesian foes.
The first of those those in action was Kazuya Maruki (20-5, 13) [丸木 和也], the older of the two brothers, who took on Yosmar Kefi (5-9, 4). The 29 year old was extended into the 6th round by his foe, who came to fight, but finished the show with a solid right hand that dropped the visitor hard. Kefi, to his credit, had come to win and looked like someone willing to have a fight, but was inaccurate and lacked the composure to really test Maruki, who needed a win following back to back losses.
Younger brother Ryosuke Maruki (14-4-1, 9) [丸木 凌介] had a much easier time with his opponent, Rocky Irawan Sikumbang (6-3, 2) who was stopped after just 102 seconds. The talented Maruki, who pushed Yuki Nonaka close last year, showed his power early and took down the visitr with a left to the body, which forced the referee to stop the action. With this win under his belt it sounds like his team will begin hunting a second title fight, and we may well see him battling for gold again before the end of 2017.
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