The world ranked domestic champion struggled to get going in the early stages and found himself in a hole very early on, losing the first 2 rounds as Itagaki's jab and movement looked to be the most effective tools. In round 3 however Hisada finally managed to cut the distance, though still struggled to have much notable success. Despite struggling to connect Hisada was beginning to get closer, and was was starting to get going. By the end of round 5 the score cards were all different. One judge siding with Hisada, 48-47, one siding with Itagaki, 48-47 and one having the bout level at 48-48.
Hisada kepot his moment going in the second round, as we've seen from his before and almost swept the second half of the fight on two of the scorecards, losing round 7 on both, as he showed his ability That was despite suffering from a nasty swelling around his eye, which was caused in round 7 by a clash of heads.
Hisada had upped the pace and in the second half and Itagaki simply could stay with him....except in the eyes of the third judge, who some how gave Itagaki rounds, 6-9. As a result of his scoring the bout result was a split decision with scors of 97-94 and 96-95 to Hisada against a card of 96-94 for Itagaki.
The judge who scored the bout to Itgaki was in the firing line for Hisada's promoter Mr Harada who question what the judge was watching, and seemed very confident his man deserved the win, despite the injury that will keep him out of the ring for a good few months nows.
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