Earlier today Korean fans had a special Korea Vs Japan card. The first 3 bouts ended in decisions, with a couple of draws. In the final bout of the Korea Vs Japan series we had punchers colliding as Oh Gon Kwon (7-2-3, 5) [권오곤] and Kosuke Arioka (8-3-1, 7) [有岡康輔] faced off. On paper this was the least likely of the bouts to go to the judges, and after the first round it seemed very unlikely that we'd hear the final bell.
The bout was an action packed affair from the off, with Kwon striking early and dropping his man with a straight right hand after about 25 seconds. He was however dropped himself at the end of an action packed opening round.
After the dramatic opening round we didn't see either man dropped the following round, but the intention to score a stoppage was there from both men, with Arioka seemingly getting the better of it. It was the Japanese fighter who against took the initiative in round 3, regularly backing Kwon up and pounding him on the ropes.
Kwon tried to start round 4 with some ambition but by aggressive he was leaving himself more open, and Arioka managed to find holes in his defense. To his credit Kwon was taking the shots well, and landing enough of his own, but it seemed like Arioka was always just a single clean shot away from putting the local man down again.
Round 5 was a brilliant round of action, with Kwon dominating the early portion of the round before Arioka came back into the round late, with a huge flurry of big shots. The big shots continued to fly in round 6 as both men looked to land a fight ending blow. Despite both throwing with nasty intention, and landing, neither could drop the other as we went the distance, again.
Amazingly,for the third bout in a row, we ended up up with a draw, and like the previous 2, it was a genuinely fair result, though one that Arioka will have begrudged more than Kwon.
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