Earlier today fans in the Korakuen Hall saw Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) [西田 光] suffer a wide decision loss to unbeaten Australian Dwight Ritchie (14-0-0-4, 1), who claimed the OPBF Middleweight title with a stirring performance.
Ritchie, fighting outside of Australia for the first time, took the lead early by using his speed and skills to land on Nishida and avoid the Japanese fighters pressure. The skills difference was clear from the off and after 4 rounds Ritchie was 40-36 up, on all 3 cards, with Nishida looking slow, confused and like a man needing a plan B.
It wasn't until round 6 that Nishida managed to really have any real success, upping the pressure and forcing Ritchie to take a few shots. It was however temporary success for Nishida who was unable to build on the round and quickly Ritchie was back in control, where he remained until the final bell.
Given the one sided domination from Ritchie there was no doubting the result, with Nishida taking the win with scores of 118-110, twice and 119-109. Despite the loss Nishida remains the Japanese champion, and will be defending that belt in September.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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