Today Kano attempted to get his career back on track as he took on Japanese ranked Naoya Haruguchi (13-8, 6) [春口 直也] in a must win for Kano.
The fight saw Kano using his technical abilities to stay and and out box Haruguchi for the most part, but after a while Haruguchi got his timing down and started to counter Kano, regularly, with some wonderfully clean shots. It wasn't enough to consistently win rounds for Haruguchi but it was enough to deserve the occassional round whilst Kano was made to pay for some of his flaws.
After 8 rounds it did appear that Kano had comfortably done enough to deserve the win, and that was a view shared by two of the judges, who had the bout 79-74 and 78-74. One judge was however very impressed by the counter punching of Haruguchi, scoring the bout even at 76-76.
After the bout Kano was reflective on his performance and it seemed he was less than happy about how he fought, despite the win. His team do still have big plans for him but he will need to show his team that he can follow their game plans a bit better than he did here. For Haruguchi the post comments seemed to show that he was impressed by Kano's craftiness.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)