On July 12th 2011 Japanese fans saw Kazuya Ito (now 11-5, 6) [伊藤 和也] come up short in a Japanese Light Welterweight fight against Shinya Nagase, losing a split decision. Yesterday, after more than 5 years out of the ring, Ito made his ring return. His first bout since that loss.
Unfortunately for Ito it wasn't a happy return to the ring with the Miyata gym fighter coming up short against the rising Noriaki Sato (4-1-1) [佐藤 矩彰], who was too quick, too fresh and too hungry for the returning veteran.
From the off Sato was too fast for Ito. Ito would try to neutralise that with his timing but that was also effected with the ring rust and long break from the ring and in the end the lesser experienced man dominated the bout, though did look to be weary in the later rounds.
Following the win Sato made his intentions clear and admitted his faults. He admitted his stamina needed work, and that was what he was going to be working on, but also stated his intention was to put his hat into the ring for the Strongest Korakuen event later in the year. A win in that would see Sato in the running for a potential Japanese title fight in 2017.
For Ito this was likely a one and out, with the fighter likely realising that his time has come and gone and won't be returning.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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