The two men had met in the Rookie of the Year way back in 2008, when they fought to a draw, since then both men have had long careers and their experience lead to today's bout, with both men looking to try and walk away the champion, and prove themselves.
The fight today saw Hosokawa starting really well, fighting beind a busy jab and preventing Aso from cutting inside and going to war. It was an almost perfect start for Hosokawa, who swept the first 4 rounds on one card, but was deducted a point in the 4th round for a headclash that cut Aso over the right eye. By round 4 however it seemed Aso was getting closer, and he swept round 5 on all 3 cards, taking the lead on one card when they were publically announced after round 5.
Aso's success looked set to grow in the middle rounds, but Hosokawa answered back, refusing to be intimidated and the two exchanged in some great back and forth. What seemed like Aso's fight really didn't become that as Hosokawa repeatedly landed some wild right hands to keep his nose in the lead, and continue to build his lead over the defending champion.
Aso finally managed to get on to the front foot and seemed to take the last two rounds, but in the end it was too little too late, with Hosokawa claiming the win thanks to scores of 95-94, twice and 96-95.
The bout, which was a thrilling clash, saw osokawa crowned as the new champion but unfortunaely for him will now see him make his first defense against Vladimir Baez (24-3-2-22) in the 2018 Champion Carnival.
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