Whilst fans worldwide tuned into the action from Osaka, which included two world title fights, fans in Japan piled into the Korakuen Hall for a brilliant, but over-looked, domestic card.
The show featured several notable prospects, the most promising of which was Hikaru Marugame (4-0, 2) who continued the perfect start to his career as he scored a wide 8 round decision over domestic rival Wataru Miyasaka (9-3-1, 2) in what was regarded a really good match up on paper between wo young fighters both looking to build their name with a win over the other
From the off Marugame looked that bit better than his foe. The shots of the unbeaten men seemed sharper, crisper and more accurate. He seemed stronger physically and more astute with what he was doing. That's not to say he beating up Miyasaka but he was clearly winning the bout with Miyasaka being out boxed, out fought and out thought.
Going into round 6 some seemed to think the bout could shift in favour of Miyasaka. He had the experience of having gone 8 rounds twice, something Marugame had never done. In the end however there was too little time Miyasaka to try and turn the bout around and in fact if anything is was Marugame who got better in the home stretch as he clearly took home the decision with wide cards which saw him dropping only a round or two.
We're now hoping to see the talented Marugame step up in class. His next opponent should really be a ranked foe though given his lack of experience we could understand him fighting in another bout similar to this to build up his experience. His talent is obvious though there is still things he needs to improve, though improvements will be made when questions are actually asked of him in the ring, something that didn't happen here., despite Miyasaka proving himself to be a tough fight with a nice jab of his own.
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