One of those was Japanese ranked Super Flyweight contender Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之], who entered the bout ranked #3 by the JBC. The talented Okumoto moved a step closer to a Japanese title fight as he defeated the limited but durable Takanori Hayashida (7-11-3) [林田 貴紀], who retired after the 5th round. Hayashida looked like he was in the ring looking for an upset but a cut over the right eye saw his corner pulling him from the bout.
One of the more interesting undercard bouts saw Takeru Kamikubo (12-2, 8) [上久保タケル] claim a very hard fought and narrow 8 round decision win over Japanese ranked Takahiro Murai (14-7-2, 5) [村井 貴裕]. Murai, who was top 15 ranked by the JBC, had been favoured to win here but Kamikubo really impressed and was well worth the win despite some issues in the early parts of the fight. Another bout that went the distance saw the JBC ranked Naotoshi Nakatani (10-0, 6) [中谷 有利] take a very hard fought decision victory over Masashi Wakita (6-5-2, 2) [脇田 将士], in a bout that was a lot more competitive than the records of the two men would suggest.
The highly touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] made light work of a Thai foe, taking just 73 seconds to see off his man. In a similar fashion Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] also made light work of a limit Thai foe, needing just 41 seconds to see his man off, for Kyoguchi this was his return after more than 20 months away from the ring and a gym transfer. Another notable fighter scoring a stoppage on the under-card was school girl Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], who defeated the win-less Mizuki Matsuoka (0-2) [松岡 瑞稀] in the third round of their scheduled 4 rounder. Matsuoka was left with a badly bloodied nose before her team threw in the towel.
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