Yesterday fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see a thrilling bout between Yuya Shimakura (7-2-2, 3) [島倉 裕矢] and the highly touted Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也]. Sadly since the bout, yesterday evening, it has been reported that Shimakura may have suffered a fight ending injury.
The talented and brave 21 year old was quickly taken to hospital after the bout, which had genuinely been thrilling despite the one sided score cards, and had to under-go a craniotomy to remove subdural hematoma, that he had suffered during the bout.
Whilst the actual news it's self is saddening, especially given his performance and young age, it does appear that the surgery has been a success with the youngster now being described as being in a "stable" condition.
It appears that the injury has stoked conversation in Japan in regards to when referees should step in to halt a fighter with some putting the pressure on the bout's referee, though others have suggested that the injury was just one of those unfortunate things and isn't something that should be blamed on anyone, and instead the focus should be on supporting the injured youngster.
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