There wasn't much action today, but fight fans in Aichi did get something to keep themsevles busy with a low key Midori promotions show.
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.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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