Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Osaka saw heavy handed Middleweight Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] successfully defend his OPBF title, as he over-came Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-6-1, 7), in the main event of a brilliant triple OPBF title show.
The much taller Tyson looked to control the distance from the off, showing real respect to Lockhart's heavy handed power. The jab and southpaw left the champion were clearly the punches that he saw as the key, and used a combination of his long shots and his legs to avoid a potential tear up. That game plan had early success and in round 4 he dropped the challenger, giving him a wide lead on all 3 cards when they were announced.
Sadly the knock down in round 4 was pretty much as close as we got to a stoppage as Lockhart tightened his defense whilst bringing the pressure to Tyson. It was the right idea from Lockhart, but he was just a touch too slow and too small, allowing Tyson to land shots and move out of range before Lockhart got the chance to counter the younger, fresher man.
In round 8 Lockhart suffered a second knockdown, from a body shot, which helped Tyson keep control, and at the end of the round he was leading 79-73, 77-72 and 76-74, a card that was too close and giving Lockhart a little bit too much credit for his pressure which hadn't been hugely effective.
Knowing he needed to stay on his feet to retain his title it seemed straight forward for Tyson, however he was rocked momentarily in round 10 before resuming control and easing his way to the final bell, easing to a decision with scores of 119-109, 117-109 and 115-111, to record his second defense of the title.
Despite the win it did seem like Tyson was disappointed in his performance, and had been hoping to record a stoppage. The win will, however see him continue his reign and potentially move towards bigger and better fights down the line.
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