This past Sunday golf fans saw the legendary Tiger Woods complete a remarkable career comeback, after having come through a variety of off the course issues. The win for Woods will go down as one of the best feel good sports stories of the year. He isn't alone however, in having had a huge comeback in the last few days.
Today at Korakuen Hall fans saw Masayasu Nakamura (7-3-1, 6) [中村 誠康] return to the ring after almost 3 years out, and and not only did he return but he also picked up a career best win, beating former Japanese title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (30-9-5, 21) [高橋竜也], who entered the bout with a JBC ranking.
Nakamura was last seen losing a 5 round decision to Ken Kodama back in May 2016, that was his third loss in 6 fights. Today however he looked like a man who had never been out of the ring, pressing Takahashi from the opening round, putting him under intense pressure and taking the fight to him in a manner that showed real belief and fire. Takahahsi tried to respond, but was often the man forced to give ground, unable to keep with the energy and tempo set by the driven Nakamura.
The energy and drive saw Nakamura getting scors of 78-73 from one judge and 77-75 from another, whilst one judge, somehow, saw the bout for Takahashi, 76-75.
After the bout Nakamura spoke about wanting to win a title for the Team 10 Count gym and wanting to win for his child, who was born around the same time as his last fight.
Sadly for Takahashi, who has always been fun despite his limitations, this is a third loss in 7, following a loss in 2017 against Jetro Pabustan and in 2018 to Ikuro Sadatsune.
Recently we were informed of an interesting Japanese card set for April 15th with several notable names involved on it.
The main event of the card will see former Japanese title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (30-8-5, 21) [高橋竜也] take on hard hitting domestic foe Masayasu Nakamura (6-3-1, 6) [中村 誠康]. On paper this is a bit of a mismatch, given Takahashi's experience, but the veteran hasn't looked great in recent bouts, taking a narrow win over Gaku Aikawa and losing last year to Ikuro Sadatsune and Nakamura will know a win here will put him on the map domestically.
Hard hitting Welterweight Yuki Beppu (18-1-1, 18) [別府優樹] will be in the co-feature, looking to bounce back from his 2018 defeat to Yuki Nagano. He will be up against Filipino foe Jason Egera (24-20-2, 11), and will be seeking to bounce back from that defeat here.
Also on this show will be Japanese ranked Minimumweight Desierto Nagaike (11-4-2, 2) [長池拓] and promising Super Bantamweight prospect Tetsuya Watanabe (4-1, 3) [渡部哲也].
Earlier today Japanese fans were treat to a thriller at the Korakuen Hall as Tatsuya Takahashi (30-8-5, 21) [高橋竜也] and Gaku Aikawa (9-7-1, 3) [相川学己] put on an 8 round war that left both men looking like swollen, bruised messes.
Aikawa set the early pace, landing good body shots and forced Takahashi to respond, this hot start saw Aikawa using his speed well in round 2, a really good round that a saw both men landing plenty of shots in what was an action start. Takahashi would manage to just out land Aikiawa in rounds 3, but round 4 saw Aikawa swing things back his way as the momentum swung back and forth.
The action saw both needing to take big shots, on a regular basis, with the second half of the fight slowing down slightly, but becoming no less violent, as both dug deep trying to get over the winning line.
The fight was hard to judge and the way both kept up a hectic pace didn't make things easy, and it seemed like every judge saw things different to each other. The general feeling however was that Takahashi had done enough in the second half of the fight to take a narrow win.
In the end Takahashi would get the nod, just, taking a split decision with scores of 77-76 and 78-76 in his favour, whist the other judge has the bout 77-76 to Aikawa.
Takahashi is looking for another title fight, but given today's bout it is hard to see him beating any title holder on the regional or domestic scene. Aikawa, who accepted the loss, seemed happy to have fought a fighter like Takahashi, and he certainly sounds like he will develop from this bout, despite losing such a close contest.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see former Japanese title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (29-8-5, 21) [高橋竜也] battle against Gaku Aikawa (9-6-1, 3) [相川学己]. The bout between the two men will be the main event of the "Dynamic Young Fight" show and is set to be an entertaining bout, given the styles of the two men involved.
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and on the scales both men made weight for the bout, which was set a contracted 54KG's, of 119lbs.
On the scales Takahashi was bang on the 119lb limit and looked in good shape. He is turning 30 shortly and given his style his prime won't last for much longer. Aikawa on the other hand was slightly under the limit, at 118.8lbs, and seemed full of confidence following the recent win of stablemate Norihito Tanaka, who won the Japanese Minimumweight title earlier this month.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (28-8-5, 20) [高橋竜也] battle against unheralded youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (8-2-3, 2) [定常育郎] and those fans saw a bit of an upset, as the 20 year old Sadatsune scored his biggest win to date.
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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