Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Youth Lightweight champion Izuki Tomioka (5-0, 1) [富岡樹] make his first defense of the title. The fighter from the REBOOT gym was facing off with hard hitting southpaw challenger Taiju Shiratori (8-3, 5) [白鳥大珠], and managed to show case his skills in what was a relatively 1-sided contest.
Yesterday, at the weigh in Shiratori and Tomioka almost ended up throwing punches in what had been a very heated public weigh in. That weigh in had built anticipation for the bout, with some expecting a real fire fight today, full of emotion.
Sadly the bout scarcely caught fire. The talented amd slick Tomioka was simply too good for Shiratori. When Tomioka wantedto move the challenger had no answer, when Tomioka stood his ground he landed the better shots, and he really just chose to do what he wanted when he wanted.
At times the performance was frustrating and a little bit boring from Tomioka, who seemed happier to show off his slick skills and movement, rather than put on a show, but he was always in charge and a clear winner, with scores of 80-72 and 78-74, twice.
Following the bout Tomioka was challenged in the ring by Kaiki Yuba (3-0, 2) [湯場 海樹], and it looks likely the two men will face off in 2018 for the title. That bout would be expected to be much better than today's, with Yuba likely to be quicker on his feet than Shiratori was. There wasn't a date set for the bout, but early 2018 does seem obvious.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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