Hori's experience worked in his favour early on, as he used his southpaw jab to stop Yamauchi from pressing too much and in round 2 even alnded a hard left that seemed to get Yamauchi's respect. Sadly though from there on Yamauchi began to turn up the pace and in round 4 he dropped Hori with a straight right hand.
Hori had been in real trouble at the end of round 4 and he struggled to recover as we went in to round 5. Yamauchi continued to press the action on to Hori who responded in a desperate fashion trying to land counters until his corner in the towel to save their beaten man.
This win for Yamauchi should see him get a Japanese ranking to go alongside the OPBF ranking he got after his previous bout, a stoppage over Lester Abutan, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him move into a title fight in the coming months. As for Hori it's hard to see where he goes next, given this is his 5th loss in his last 6 bouts.
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