Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had an interesting card, featuring a former world title challenger in the main event and a Japanese title fight in the co-feature.
The card also had a couple of really interesting under-card bouts.
The first of those saw Ryu Horikawa (1-0, 1) [堀川龍] make his professional debut, and stop Jun Ishimoto (5-7-1, 3) [石本純] in a Dangan B Class Tournament. Horikawa was aggressive from the off, and although he was punished by a good counter from Ishimoto he didn't change his gameplan and eventually forced Ishimoto's corner to save him, part way through round 3.
The other under-card bout of note saw the once beaten Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-1, 7) [木村吉光] score a 5th round TKO win against Filipino Jules Victoriano (9-2, 6). The Filipino visitor had come to win, and put up a good effort in the early rounds, but Kimura's pressure, work rate and aggression was too much for the for the visitor who had to be saved by the referee after being rocked hard from a right hand. Kimura stated that he would like a title fight in the future and it's clear he and his team have big ambitions for his future.
The results from the two man bouts can be found below:
Obara stops Kefi at Korakuen Hall
Tanaka scores first defense of Japanese title!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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