Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans saw Japanese ranked Welterweight Masaya Tamayama [玉山 将也] (12-1, 6) take on domestic foe Daijiro Yuki [結城 大二郎] (8-5-1, 4) in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
The fight started perfectly for Tamayama who landed a straight left up top early on and seemed to hurt Yuki, who also showed signs of pain from a body shot as Tamayama looked on the verge of an early knockdown. Yuki however showed life and forced Tamayama to back off and saw out the round with out any more trouble. In round 2 Yuki seemed to be showing some fire as he began to cut the distance and the two men traded blows up close, something that suited Yuki more, with him having success with uppercuts. Tamayama still seemed to win the round, but certainly took more damage in round 2 than he did in the opening 3 minutes.
The continued being fought up close for long periods with Yuki's only real success coming when the fight was close up and Tamayama obliging him far too often. Tamayama more than held his own when the two were close, but at range Tamayama wasn't taking anything of note whilst often landing his own cleaner blows.
Yuki's success, especially in round 5, made it clear that Tamayama had no respect of his power however he didn't need to make life so difficult for himself and in round 7 he finally seemed to realise that he could box smartly, use his legs and draw Yuki into counters. That worked especially well as Yuki began to visibly tire and slow, and his shots were all starting to look weary and pushed out.
Despite looking exhausted as we finished round 7 Yuki fought hard through the eighth and final round, showing his desire to win. By then however however it was too little too late, with Tamayama taking the clear, and well earned, decision win. Despite the win it's clear Tamayama isn't ready to think about a Japanese title fight, but there's skills here that he can work on to reach that level, down the line.
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