Earlier today at the Japanese "Holy Land" of the Korakuen Hall fans got a real thriller between Japanese ranked fighters Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹] and Seiya Fujikita (12-4, 5) [藤北誠也].
The bout started brilliantly for Fujikita, who scored a knockdown in round 1 with a huge right hand up top. He really couldn't have landed the shot any better. Amazingly Mochizuki bounced back up and started to get on the front foot.
Over the following 7 rounds we got great back and forth between the two men. Of the two Fujikita seemed to be the more straight forward and predictable fighter, though often seemed to be the one forcing the tempo, with Mochizuki looking to respond with the smarter, sharper punches. The two really let their shots fly, with punches being thrown almost entirely at the head of the opponent in a battle of toughness and wills.
At the end of 8 rounds there was very little to pick between the two men, who both wore the scars of battle on their face. The judges struggled to split the fighters, but seemed to just favour Mochizuki's cleaner punching, with judges scoring it to him 77-75 and 76-75, whilst the dissenting judge had it 76-75 to Fujikita. None of those cards were bad, with all 3 in the right area of a real 50-50 fight that saw both men take a lot of clean head shots.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the latest Dangan card, and it was a notable one packed full of interesting fighters.
One of the most notable was the talented but light hitting Joe Tanooka (14-3-4, 1) [田之岡条] claimed a technical decision over veteran Hajime Nagai (14-9-2, 4) [長井 一]. The bout was an interesting and exciting contest, with some good back and forth action, but a headclash caused Nagai damage to his nose and eye, which forced the bout to be halted in round 6, with Tanooka taking the decision 58-57, 58-57 and 58-56.
Japanese #2 ranked Flyweight Seiya Fujikita (11-3, 4) [藤北 誠也] took a step closer towards a Japanese title fight as he over-came limited Thai Atiwit Munyapho (0-4) in 3 rounds. Atiwit was dropped several times by Fujikita before being stopped.
Former world title challenger Shin Ono (20-8-3, 4) [小野 心] also scored a stoppage against a limited Thai, as he took out Chanai Jaikrajang (0-3) in the 4th round of their scheduled 6 rounder!
One other fighter of note picking up a stoppage was the highly touted Tsubasa Koura (10-0, 7) [小浦 翼], who stopped the very limited Thongchai Chaiyonggym (0-6) in 2 rounds, to extend his unbeaten run and move a step towards getting his first title bout.
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Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall got a real treat as former OPBF and JBC Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (29-7-2, 9) [加藤 善孝] fought to an action packed draw with world ranked Australian Brandon Ogilvie (16-1-1, 8).
The bout was a great one on paper and proved to be just as good in the ring with both men letting their hands go at close rnage and both really showing a willingness to fight up close. The timing and counters of Kato were some of the more eye catching shots however Ogilvie wasn't to be out worked and really let his hands go with a highly aggressive style.
Ogilvie was badly damaged from a head clash in the middle rounds and later ended the fight with a damaged arm, though refused to back down and continued to the bell.
The bout was a great treat for fans and the scorecards showed the competitive nature with cards of 95-95, twice, and 96-95, to Kato.
On the under-card Seiya Fujikita (9-3, 2) [藤北 誠也] scored an unexpected stoppage against former Japanese Flyweight title challenger Yusuke Sakashita (14-7-2, 9) [阪下 優友], in what was a bloody contest with Sakashita being stopped due to a cut.
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