Earlier today fight fans at the Kaikyo Messe saw the latest of the Kanmon Japan shows, headlined by an excellent match up between the battle hardened Accel Sumiyoshi (9-4-2, 3) [アクセル住吉] and the previously unbeaten Naotoshi Nakatani (10-1, 6) [中谷 有利].
The bout looked a cracking one on paper and it proved to be an interesting one in the ring.
To begin with Nakatani showed his boxing ability and looked to control the tempo of the bout behind his jab. It was a tactic that saw him have plenty of success early but in round 3 Sumiyoshi began to get closer, upping his pressure and begin to have more frequent moments. That success of Sumiyoshi grew again in round 4 when the two traded blows in a thrilling moment for the fans. Although Nakatani landed the better shots from the exchange it seemed to show that Sumiyoshi had the chin take the best his foe could throw.
In round Sumiyoshi finally landed a bomb, a thunderbolt of a left hook right on to the chin of Nakatani. Nakatani ended up face planting the canvas in a dramatic knockdown, but remarkably recovered to his feet looking to fight on. Sadly for the youngster it wasn't to be as Sumiyoshi raced in and unloaded forcing the referee's hand, as he saved Nakatani.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to watch an interesting card at the EDION Arena Osaka. In the main event fans saw a notable upset as Jayar Inson scored a 7th round TKO win over Ryota Yada to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title but the under-card was also full of notable fighters.
One of those was Japanese ranked Super Flyweight contender Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之], who entered the bout ranked #3 by the JBC. The talented Okumoto moved a step closer to a Japanese title fight as he defeated the limited but durable Takanori Hayashida (7-11-3) [林田 貴紀], who retired after the 5th round. Hayashida looked like he was in the ring looking for an upset but a cut over the right eye saw his corner pulling him from the bout.
One of the more interesting undercard bouts saw Takeru Kamikubo (12-2, 8) [上久保タケル] claim a very hard fought and narrow 8 round decision win over Japanese ranked Takahiro Murai (14-7-2, 5) [村井 貴裕]. Murai, who was top 15 ranked by the JBC, had been favoured to win here but Kamikubo really impressed and was well worth the win despite some issues in the early parts of the fight. Another bout that went the distance saw the JBC ranked Naotoshi Nakatani (10-0, 6) [中谷 有利] take a very hard fought decision victory over Masashi Wakita (6-5-2, 2) [脇田 将士], in a bout that was a lot more competitive than the records of the two men would suggest.
The highly touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] made light work of a Thai foe, taking just 73 seconds to see off his man. In a similar fashion Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] also made light work of a limit Thai foe, needing just 41 seconds to see his man off, for Kyoguchi this was his return after more than 20 months away from the ring and a gym transfer. Another notable fighter scoring a stoppage on the under-card was school girl Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], who defeated the win-less Mizuki Matsuoka (0-2) [松岡 瑞稀] in the third round of their scheduled 4 rounder. Matsuoka was left with a badly bloodied nose before her team threw in the towel.
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