We wouldn't be exaggerating to say that 2018 was a year that delivered amazing round, after amazing round, after amazing round. Be it round 6 of Akira Yaegashi's brilliant bour with Hirofumi Mukai, round 12 of Rikki Naito's narrow decision win over Daishi Nagata, or round 1 of Satoshi Shimizu's win over Shingo Kawamura. Really this year delivered consistently amazing rounds.
It was a hard to pick a single round for the 2018 Round of the year, but we chose Round 12 of Sho Kimura's [木村翔] bout against Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] as the best round.
It wasn't a round with knockdowns, it didn't even have either man massively rocked. But it was one where two men were biting hard on their gum shields, going to war know the final round could well decide the bout. Both were swollen, both carrying clear damage to their face and both really wanting to win the round. From the opening seconds to the very final moments we had action, we had a brilliant sequence where both threw single right hands, we had speed and skill, desire and hunger.
We know it wasn't the dramatic up and down round that usually sticks in the memory, but it was a round that decided the fight of the year. It had followed 11 previous rounds of action and was two class fighters fighting for the biggest win of their career. It was sensational.
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