The bout was streamed in full and featured some brilliant match ups that ended in some upsets and some excellent performances.
One fighter who impressed was Ryohei Takahashi (9-2-1, 2) [高橋 竜平] who proved he could punch as he made light work of Thailand's Yodsing Padjaigym (0-2) with a 2nd round TKO. On paper this watch a complete mismatch but it was Takahashi's first bout since he was beaten in Australia by Andrew Moloney back in March.
A really impressive performance came from Masashi Noguchi (11-5-1, 5) [野口 将志] who took out the usually durable Kazuya Soma (7-10-2, 6) [相馬 一哉] inside a round. Although Noguchi's record may not impress 5th straight win and saw him extending his unbeaten run to 8 fights and it seems like he is generating some real career momentum.
Another man building momentum is Reiya Abe (12-2, 6) [阿部 麗也] who scored a 5th round TKO win over Shingo Kusano (11-5, 4) [草野 慎悟]. The win was Abe's 4th straight win and so him build from a shock win over Hikaru Marugame last time out. For Kusano this was his first stoppage loss and unfortunately for him it saw Abe avenging a narrow decision defeat from last year.
Staying on the theme of momentum it's fair to say that former amateur stand out Hikaru Marugame's (5-2-1, 3) [丸亀 光] has completely lost it's moment. He suffered a third successive set back today when he lost a wide decision to to 36 year old veteran Kinshiro Usui (26-4, 10) [臼井 欽士郎]. The last 12 months have been a nightmare for Marugame who seemed really promising when he turned professional but a draw with Jonathan Baat has been followed by decision losses to Abe and now Usui. For Usui this bout may well help him move towards a Japanese or OPBF title fight and is a 7th win in 8 for the Yokohama Hikari fighter.
In the main event former Japanese Middleweight Tomohiro Ebisu (16-4, 16) [胡 朋宏] scored an 8th round stoppage win over recent title challenger Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸]. Akiyama will almost certain turn his attention to fighting for either an OPBF or a Japanese title in the next 12 months, and he is ranked very highly by both organisations.