In their first meeting Ozawa managed to take a split decison but this time there was no doubting who had won, with Kobayashi closing the show in round 2 with a brutal right hand that forced Ozawa's to the canvas and his corner threw in the towel after he rose, and looked dazed.
The opening round had been relatively competitive, with the two fighters looking to control the fight at range. That however was quickly forgotten with when Kobayashi landed the shot to put Ozawa down.
For Ozawa this was a second successive stoppage loss, following a defeat in December to Kentaro Masuda in a Japanese title fight, and is his 4th stoppage loss in 8 bouts, suggesting he is pretty much done. Aged 29 Ozawa has had a hard career and now has 6 career stoppage losses. For Kobayashi this win ends a 2-fight losing run, though he is now 3-4 in his last 7, and can't avoid another loss any time soon.
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