It was a really closely contested bout through the first two rounds, with neither man really getting much control of the early stages, every time one guy landed the other would fire back and it made those early rounds tit for tat. That tit for tat action continued through the fight with Kasuya taking a narrow lead on two cards after 5 rounds, before Tomoioka cloed strongly to edge out the narrow win.
The scorecards at the end of the 8 round contest had Tomioka winning 77-76 and 77-75 to take a split decision, with the third judge scoring it to Kasuya 77-76.
The bout proved that both men were almost perfectly matched. Their lack of power made for a tough bout for both men, and although both were rocked they never looked like being stopped. The shots left both with cuts around their left eyes, and left both men likely looking to have a rematch down the line to claim a clearer result.
For Tomioka the win is an amazing one for a fighter this early in his career, and it's clear he has the potential to be fighting for more senior titles in the very near future. His lack of power will hopefully change as he matures and if that happens he can go a very long way. For Kasuya the bout shouldn't be seen as a major set back, but he is now 0-2-1 in his last 3, and he really needsa confidence building easy win before he slides any further.
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