Back in May we saw Suguru Muranaka (26-3-1, 8) [村中 優] challenge WBA Super Flyweight champion Khalid Yafai, and despiute losing to the Englishman Muranaka impressed, with his toughness, energy and will to win seeing him earn the praises of many in the UK.
Today Muranaka returned to the ring for the first time sinc ethat loss, and took on former foe Ken Achiwa (11-13-5, 4) [阿知和賢] in what was a thrilling, hard hitting and thoroughly competitive bout.
Achiwa got off to a good start, but was dropped late in the opening round. From then however there was very little between the two men, who seemed to pretty much trade rounds in a thrilling contest that had brilliant back and forth action. The action saw Muranaka suffer a nasty cut over his left eye but refuse to back off and the fight really went down to the wire.
In the end the deciding factor was only the knockdown, with Muranaka taking the bout 76-75 on all 3 card, with all 3 giving him the opening stanza 10-8. With no knockdown the bout would likly have been a draw.
In some ways the bout leaves some questions about how good Muranaka really is, but the reality is that Achiwa is better than huis record suggests, and it showed here, as he really gritted his teeth and had an all out war with the always entertaining Muranaka,
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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