It seemed like the fight didn't start as "round 1 of fight 2" but rather round 9 of Yamashita Vs Tanooka, and both guys were happy to let their hands go from the opening seconds. The more naturally skilled Tanooka looked to want to keep the bout at range, but a thunderous short left hand whilst Tamashita was stepping in caught Tanooka square on the jaw, dropping him hard. Tanook attempted to get up, but looked out of it as the referee waved off the bout, after just 52 seconds!
Whilst Yamashita celebrated avenging his first loss Tanooka struggled to his feet, taking quite a while to get his senses in check following one of the best shots Yamashita is ever likely to land.
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