Some bouts look like they should be real thrillers, with two guys who have styles that should gel and make for fun action. Sadly every so often things don't go as expected, and a potential war just fails to happen.
One such example of that happened earlier today at the Korakuen Hall, as the usually fantastic to watch Hiroyuki Kudaka (25-17-2, 11) [久高寛之] battled veteran Go Onaga (28-3-4, 19) [翁長 吾央] in a Japanese Super Flyweight title eliminator.
What was expected to be a war was marred by head clashes, which seemed to disrupt any sort of a fight. The two felt each other out early on, and it looked, attimes, like they were getting ready for a really thrilling fight. Onaga often pressing and southpaw fighter Kudaka countering well. Late through the opening round how ever the fighters came together in an ugly mess, a huge headclash took place and Onaga basically fell on top of Kudaka. Both men were shaken up by the clash and Onaga was taken to the ringside doctor, though passed the check.
The second round saw the two men cut the distance slightly and the pace looked to be heating up, despite another headclash. Sadly as Onaga seemed to be finding some success the heads came together again, and Onaga was taken to a ringside doctor for the second time, before Kudaka was taken to the doctor. Both men passed the test but it was clear that the Southpaw Vs Orthordox stance was causing issues for two, who would clash heads several more times before the round was over.
Kudaka came out fast in round 3 and looked like he had scored a knockdown with a body at once point. The success of Kudaka grew as the round went on and he attacked the body of Onaga and put the older man under some intense pressure. That pressure lead to some sloppy action, including another big head clash, which this time forced the bout to be stopped with Onaga badly cut.
With with only 2 rounds complete the bout was declsred a technical draw, though of the two men Kudaka will be the happier man, as he will get a Japanese title shot in 2018 thanks to the "dominant point rule", as the cards read 19-19, 19-19 and 20-18 to Kudaka. That should will see Kudaka take on Ryuichi Funai [船井 龍一], and everyone will be hoping that that bout gels much better than this one did.
(Image couirtesy of boxmob.jp)
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