On paper the bout looked like a mismatch. Kogawa, afterall, is a former world title challenger, a former OPBF champion and a former 2-time Japanese champion. That resume however didn't impress Fujimoto who hadn't read the scipt and instead looked at the bout as a potential chance to open the door to some bigger and better fights in the .
Fujimoto's desire showed, especially early in the bout, as he fought pretty much level with Kogawa for 4 rounds. There was very little to split them, and although it could have been a case of Kogawa over-looking his man credit needs to be given or Fujimoto who looked to make the bout into a fight and take advantage of any lack of confidence or ring rust that Kogawa may have.
The early desire of Fujimoto was impressive, and he certainly held his own early on. Sadly as the bout went on Kogawa began to settle, he began to find his groove. Fujimoto's early success seemed to be followed by a slight slowdown and he really had no answer to Kogawa when the experienced man moved through the levels. It had taken Kogawa some time to get going, but when he did, he took control of the contest and did enough to claim the win, with scores of 77-76, 77-75 and 78-74 all in his favour.
Sadly whilst Kogawa did win there's a real question about how much he has left in the tank, and given this performnce there is some doubt about him reclaiming a Japanese title, never mind earning a world title fight.
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