Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw an OPBF Super Featherweight title fight, as champion Carlo Magali (23-9-3, 12) took on Japanese challenger Masatoshi Kotani (22-3, 15) [小谷 将寿]. Sadly for the local fans the bout ended in disappointment, with the local being dominated and subsequently stopped.
Magai got off to a good, dictating the distance of the bout Magali was the shorter man but seemed to find his range and and had success both on the front foot and when countering Kotani, who looked hungry but unable to really establish himself. The start from Magali saw him in the lead, 39-37 on two cards, and level on the other, after the cards were announced following round 4, and also cut the eye of Kotani.
Kotani tried to turn the bout around in round 5 but the Filipino continued to boss and protected himself brilliantly in round 6, when Kotani upped the aggression. The upping of the pace by Kotani in the middle rounds impressed one judge, who gave him all 4 of the rounds, though the other two judges had Magali up 78-74.
In round 9 Magali's power dropped Kotani with a left uppercutt. A follow up attack saw Kotani being dropped again, securing a 10-7 round for Magali, before forcing the referee to save a tired and beaten Kotani in round 10.
With the loss Kotani seemed ready to retire and his comments after the bout suggested that this would be the end. For Magali however the future seems to include a return to Japan and he suggested coming back to defend his title in the Land of the Rising sun again in the future.
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