Since that nightmare start Sawada has rebuilt, and earlier today he returned for his first bout of 2018, as he took on Hironori Miyake (8-6-1, 1) [三宅寛典] in Hiroshima, in what was the first Japanese show to take place in West Japan this year.
The talented Sawada found his timing early on, going in and out whilst landing right hands to the body and jabs up top. It wasn'tuntil the middled rounds that Miyake managed to have some success, landing his left hook, but his lack of accuracy was telling with Sawada sticking to his gameplan and continuing to box at range.
Although Miyake was the home fighter, and had some moments of success, there was little disagreement with who had won the fight, and Sawada took the decision with scores of 80-74, 78-75 and 77-75 all in his favour.
Coming into this bout Sawada was ranked #13 by the JBC at Bantamweight though may see his ranking improve when the JBC next release their rankings.
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