Coming in to the contest Lumacad was unbeaten, world ranked, and was unlucky to have had a draw in his last bout in Japan, against Go Onaga. He had looked like a potential contender to a world title and like a man to keep an eye on. Today however he looked second rate, as Kurihara got inside and forced his fight on to the visitor.
To his credit Lumacad did hold his own at times, but it always seemed like the local fighter had that extra power and strength. In the first round that wasn't too significant, but in round 2 it really showed, especially at the end of the round, as a right hand sent down Lumacad. Sadly for the visitor he was unable to beat the count, and was counted out at 3:09 of round 2.
Following the loss Lumacad explained he had struggled with the weight, and hadn't been able to drop weight in Japan very easily due to the cold. As for Kurihara it seems he has learned from his loss to Teshigawara and he really looked very dangerous here.
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