Japanese fans got a genuine treat today at the Korakuen Hall as the supporting bout to to the latest Dangan show ended up being a thriller.
The bout in question saw Cristiano Aoqui (11-4-2, 7) 青木クリスチャーノ] and Ryosuke Takami (8-2, 7) [高見 良祐], both Japanese ranked Light Welterweights, go to war in what was a thrilling encounter from the off.
The fight started at an incredible pace with both unloading shots from the opening round and although both had moments when they slowed down, that merely added to the drama with Aoki slowing in round 3, before Takami looked done for in round 4, with bad swelling around his eye. Sadly for Takami the swelling, and blood from his nose, seemed to show that Aoqui's power was taking it's toll on him physically, and whilst he did fight back hard he seemed to struggle with the physicality of the more experienced fighter.
In round 7, with Takami's eye looking a mess, Aoqui went for the finish and a barrage of unreturned shots forced the referee to save the 22 year old Takami from further harm.
With the win Aoqui may well have earned himself a Japanese title fight with Hiroki Okada. For Takami it's back to the drawing board, but it's clear that fans will be happy to see him in the ring again.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today the winners of the Japanese awards for November were named.
The winner of the MVP award, the highest of the honours, was Japanese and OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (27-8-1, 13), who defended his titles on November 9th with a dominant victory over Koki Tyson Maebara, who was stopped in the 7th round. The bout was Shibata's 5th defense of the OPBF title and 4th defense of the Japanese title. It was also his 4th successive stoppage continuing a run that began last December.
The fighting Spirit award was won by Welterweight slugger Toshio Arikawa (12-4, 10) who scored a career defining victory on November 2nd, when he defeated Akinori Watanabe at the Strongest Korakuen. The win saw Arikawa secure himself a title fight for 2016 whilst putting in a thrilling performance that saw the crowd on their feet.
The State of the Art award was won by Ryosuke Takami (8-1, 7) who scored a 7th round TKO win over fellow puncher Yuichi Yokoyama, on November 7th. This was, by far, the best win for the 22 year old Takami who will be hoping to build on the win in 2016.
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