The last few years have been relatively rough for the once touted Shingo Kawamura (15-3-1, 7) [河村真吾]. In 2014 he went 1-1, took almost 11 months out following the loss to little known Thai Kongthara KKP and could only muster a technical draw on his return. He would suffer another loss in early 2016 and his record had quickly gone from 8-1 to 11-3-1.
Today however Kawamura got his career back on track in a big way, as he scored a career best win and over-came Japanese based Korean Teiru Atsumi (13-2, 5) in a thrilling and competitive 8 rounder.
Coming in to the bout Atsumi had been on a bit of a tear. He had all the momentum on his side with a 7-0 run, including 5 stoppages and wins over the likes of Sho Nakazawa and Burning Ishii. That form however failed to show here as the two men had a war. Kawamura got off first and seemed to hurt Atsumi in the early going. He was forced to take some return fire but the first half of the bout seemed to be fought at his pace, and he was the one in charge after 4 rounds. Atsumi however failed to just role over, and came on strong in the later rounds, rocking Kawamura who seemed almost certain to go down, but some how remained on his feet, in round 7.
Despite being hurt in round in the penultimate round Kawamura hung on, survived and even gave Atsumi some leather in round 8, as he claimed a narrow decision, with scores of 77-76,78-76 and 77-75. The win for Kawamura will be a huge boost to his career, and is likely to see him rewarded with OPBF and JApanese rankings. Given the close nature of the bout a rematch wouldn't be out of the question and Atsumi may well be chasing a return.
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