The bout saw the unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] maintain his great run of form as he over-came veteran Yuki Nonaka (31-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] in an excellent 12 round contest.
The bout began with Inoue being kept at some range in the opening round, with Nonaka showing his experience and relaxed nature in the ring. Despite the solid start from Nonaka it wasn't long until Inoue amped up the pressure, cut the distance and begane to work up close. Nonaka fought back hard, having success with counter shots, but was unable to keep up the pace with Inoue who took the lead after 3 rounds with his aggression.
Nonaka fought back well in the middle rounds, as he began to take control of the distance again, but it wasn't to last long with his older legs slowing in the second half of the fight as his eyes both began to bleed from the shots to his head. Nonaka managed to cut Inoue, following an accidental head clash in round 9, and both men were freely flowing claret.
Nonaka gritted his teeth and attempted to battle his way back intp the bout late, having an excellent round 10 and 11, but in the end Inoue's youthfulness saw him claim the final round to nattowly over-come the 40 year old Nonak with scores of 116-113, 116-112 and 115-113.
With this win Inoue becomes the IBF #2 ranked fighter at 154lbs and will no be looking for a final eliminator, before getting a world title fight in the next 12-18 months. For Nonaka this loss is likely to be the end of his career.
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