In Japan however there was another title bout, as Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (29-9-2, 18) [久田 哲也] made his first defense of the title, and stopped former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (19-6-1, 12) [角谷 淳志], who's career now looks set to end.
Early on it was Kakutani who looked the better fighter, arguably taking the first three rounds and looking the crisper, more talented fighter. That start however came to an end and Hisada began to have success, makind the bout interesting on the scorecards after 5 rounds, with two of the cards favouring Kakutani.
With Hisada picking up his pace Kakutani answered back, and looked to rely on his skills and experience to over-come the more determined and hungrier Hisada. That saw the challenger have a solid round round 6 as as he continued to nose his way into the lead.
Sadly for Kakutani he had put a lot in and in round 7 Hisada's pressure got to his man, and a head shot dropped the challenger. Kakutani saw out the round but he was running on empty and a a series of solid shots from Hisada the following round forced the referee to save the tired Kakutani.
For Hisada this was a solid result in his first defense, even if the performance was flawed, though the real story is the fact that Kakutani's career is almost certainly over without the Kanagawa man ever winning a title, despite being a title level fighter for much of his long career.
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