Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got a small, but notable, card with several interesting match ups.
One of those bouts saw 21 year old Ryuki Ishii (9-3, 5) [石井龍輝] battle against the heavy handed Zirolian Riku (8-3, 8) [高橋陸].
The talented Ishii, who had come runner up in the 2016 All Japan Rookie of the Year, where he lost in the final to Shawn Oda, showed how good he was today.
From the opening round Ishii was too quick, using his sharp southpaw jab and smooth boxing. He was however caught at times by the power of Riku, who looked dangerous despite being out boxed. Ishii realised how much danger Riku's power had, and began to box smartly, countering the slower man.
In the end there was no debating the winner, with Ishii taking the clear unanimous decision after the 6th and final round.
Sadly for Riku, who lost in the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Musashi Mori, he is now over a year removed from his last win. At 30 years old he can bounce back from this loss, but will need to make a big impact in 2019 if he's going to compete for any form of a title.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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