The opening round was a good one from the challenger who appeared to have a clever game plan of making the fight a rough one and unsettling Kimura's boxing. Sadly for the challenger it took very little time for the champion to settling and in round 2 Kimura managed to get his boxing going with everything coming from his sharp and accurate jab.
As soon as Kimura began controlling the distance and tempo of the contest it was all but over with Aburada looking lost and even when the challenger landed the shots had no real impact on a champion who looked several levels above his challenger.
Sadly a clash of heads in round 5 left the challenger with a cut over the left eye which progressively worsened as Kimura continued to pick up the pace and in round 7 the bout was eventually stopped due to the cut.
When the bout was stopped their was no question about who had won with Kimura winning by a score of 69-64 on all 3 cards. We suspect that Kimura will continue to defend his national title through 2015 unless a bigger opportunity arises. At the moment however we wouldn't fancy his chances against any of the world champions despite the fact he is currently world ranked.
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