On that card was a number of notable fighters, including former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe (13-2-1, 9) [戸部洋平], who put on a fantastic performance to remind everyone why he was so touted early in his career. The Misako gym fighter, who entered ranked #7 by the JBC, was battling #10 ranked Hajime Nagai (15-10-2, 5) [長井一] and really dominated the bout.
Nagai was dropped in the opening round, and despite putting on a gusty effort never looked like he could get into the bout against the sharop Tobe, who would drop him again in rounds 4 and 5, before the referee saved him. For Tobe this was the type of performance he needed to make a statement, and he has got the talent to collect more silverware before his career is over. Sadly at the age of 30 and with injuries mounting it could well be now or never for the very talented Tobe.
Another notable name on the card was former WBA interim Flyweight champion Koki Eto (22-4-1, 17) [江藤光喜] took on Filipino foe Marzon Cabilla (16-16-1, 5). The all action Eto looked ring rusty at times, but managed to drop Cabilla in round 2 with a body shot, before seeing his man off in round 3, a round that saw Cabilla being dropped twice. The bout was a thrilling action bout with a lot of leather traded, and Eto even bleeding, from a head clash. It was exciting, but always seemed like a foregone conclusion.
Eto seems like a fighter on the downside, but may well have one more big performance in him, and strangely a bout between Eto and Tobe would certainly be an interesting one, even if it's an unlikely bout with both men expected to look for big fights away from each other.
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