The Filipino's experienced seemed to be the key here, as he started on the front foot, and it always seemed like Kimura was chasing the bout. There was some good success from the challenger, who landed some eye catching body shots, but could never quite get to grips with the relentlessness of Pumicpic. Every time the challenger got a foot hold it would be taken away from him. This would be seen through the fight and proved to be the difference between the two men.
Kimura took the first round but lost the second, and despite being behind 48-47 on one card he was leading on the other two when they were publically announced at the end of round 5, with scores of 49-46 and 48-47 in his favour. The middle rounds saw Pumicpic continue to look like the better fighter, despite a very strong round 7 for the challenger.
Knowing he was behind as we went into the championship rounds Kimura tried to turn things around, and had a fantastic round 11, it wasn't to be enough however as Pumicpic claimed the final round to secure a unanimous decision, with scores of 116-112, twice, and 115-113.
The result sees Kimura suffer his first professional loss, though he did impress in defeat and will bounce back from this experience, whilst Pumicpic collects his second notable win in Japan, and seems likely to return to the country later this year to take on another Japanese Featherweight.
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