Today was a day where a lot of attention in Japanese boxing was focused on EDION Arena Osaka. Notably however there was another card in Osaka headlined by a bout between former Japanese title challenger Taiki Minamoto (12-5, 10) [源 大輝] and Ryota Kajiki (28-10, 19) [加治木 了太], a bout that may well have been the pick of the bunch.
The contest was a slugfest from the off with both men looking to secure a KO. To start with it was Minamoto who took control with the opening round before Kajiki tried to turn it around and from round 3 both men just unload the shots on the other in a violent and exciting contest.
The action may not have been the best technically but it was thrilling and competitive, two things that we all love. Sadly for Kajiki however it did seem like Minamoto landed the more consistent shots and th heavier blows, with those blows impressing the judges.
At the end of 8 rounds all 3 judges agreed that the blonde haired Minamoto had done more than enough to deserve the victory, scoring the bout 79-74, 78-74 and 78-75 in his favour. For Kajiki the loss ends a 6 fight winning run and will see him out of the title picture, whilst Minamoto will almost certainly see himself in the title mix over the next 12 months.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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