The bout looked like a mouth watering one on paper, when it was first announced, and became even more notable after the weigh in yesterday, when the two men came close to landing blows well before they had got into the ring.
In the ring the bout began with a technical side, with both men looking to establish thier jabs and win control of the ring. To begin with that seemed to suit Naito, who was quicker and seemed more intelligent with his footwork. As the bout went on however Naito began to slow and Baishanbo began to press, having more and more success with his pressure.
The pressure of the visitor saw him coming on really strong in the late rounds, but it wasn't enough to over-come the early success of the Japanese favoyurite, who took the deicison with scores of 77-75 and 77-76 in his favour, whilst the third judge had it 79-75 to Baishanbo, in what was a very close and competitive contest.
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