The final Rookie of the Year bout for 2018 saw Nath Nwachukwu (3-0-2, 1) [ワチュク・ナァツ] and Kazuki Kyohara (3-0-1, 2) [京原 和輝] battle to be crowned the All Japan Middleweight Rookie of the year
On paper this was a very competitive match up, with both men being unbeaten and both having a similar number of fights. It looked like the most even match up on the card with no clear favourite and in the end there was next to nothing to split the two men, who fought to a draw after 4, very hotly contested, rounds. In fact none of the judges could even split the two fighters, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 38-38.
The bout was one of those rare one where the two men really matched each other, for the most part, with Kyohara perhaps just holding the edge in the first two rounds, before having his nose burst open in round 3 and being the loser of the 4th round. Though in fairness all 4 rounds were close, and could have gone either way.
Despite the scores being level their had to be a Rookie of the Year, and that went to Nwachukwu, who claims the title and keeps his unbeaten record.
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