The youngster looked to take control of the bout by using his southpaw jab, and preventing Takahashi from settling to his rhythm. The veteran manahed to have some success, but always looked slower and clumsier than the youngster who looked fresh and up for the occassion.
By round 3 Sadatsune looked in total control, with only a few moments of worry for him, including a right hand landed from Takahashi in round 4 which was pretty much shrugged off. As the fight went on Takahashi's face began to feel the effects of the bout, with his right eye cut from punches and his left eye cut from a headclash. That forced the more experienced man in to trying to turn it around, but he couldn't, at least not until the final moments as the two traded blows to the final bell.
At the end it seemed like a clear win for for Sadatsune, but one judge some how managed to have the bout 76-76, a draw, thankfully though he was over-ruled with the the othet two judges scoring the bout 78-76 and 79-74 for Sadatsune.
For the youngster this win should push him into the Japanese rankings but could be the end of Takahashi's hopes to get a second Japanese title fight.
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