Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen hall saw former world title challenger Hidenori Otake (29-2-3, 13) [大竹 秀典] record his first defense of the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, as he wore down fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-6, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] and moved a step closer to a potential world title fight.
The fight saw Usui start well, claiming the first round, but Otake's experience began to kick in soon afterwards, and after 4 rounds he was starting to work his way into the bout with one score card being level, and Usui holding a narrow lead on the other two.
The middle rounds were a great display of back and forth with both men giving as good as they got, but it seemed really clear that Otake was coming on strong whilst Usui was starting to fade. The momentumn turn in favour of the champion was shown on the cards, two of which now had Otake leading with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 in favour of Otake, along with a 76-76 card.
Otake's stamina continue to shine in rounds 9 and 10 as Usui was forced into a real fire fight with the champion. In the end that fire fight came at a cost to the challenger who was dropped in round 11, which instantly drew the towel from his corner, saving him from further punishment.
With the loss Usui is now likely to retire whilst Otake has moved towards a fight with super prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太], who he will face in October.
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