The Japanese domestic scene is arguably the best on the planet, with all-Japanese bouts often delivering in the best possible ways. That was seen again today, with the main event of a card at the Korakuen Hall standing out as being a little special.
The bout in question saw touted former amateur stand out Hironori Mishiro (4-0, 2) [三代大訓] battle against the 2015 Rookie of the Year Featherweight runner up Shuma Nakazato (6-1-1, 5) [仲里周磨], and they delivered.
Within seconds of the bout starting the men warmed to their task, boxing and moving, keeping just on the edge of their range whilst trying to land power shots. The bout wasn't a brawl from the off, but was a highly skilled and thrilling bout between two men who were willing to work their openings then go for them, testing each other's durability.
The pace gradually quickened and in round 3 Mishiro's durability showed cracks as Nakazato detonated with a huge right hand. Lesser fighters would have been down and out but Mishiro quickly got back to his feet and saw off the follow up assault from Nakazato. Nakazato attempted to jump on Mishiro in the following round but Mishiro had recovered well and late in round 4 he landed a sweeping hook that sent Nakazato down.
Although Nakazato had moments in the final 2 rounds Mishiro's more varied attack and better defense was enough to earn him the win, taking the decision on all 3 cards, but both men grew their reputations in a bout that really gave the fans more than they had ever expected and will go down as one of the ever growing number of great bouts that fans at the Korakuen Hall have seen this year.
The win for Mishiro sets up a January encounter with Shuya Masaki (9-0, 5) [正木脩也] in what is a really mouth watering match up!
On the same card there was also notable wins for Coach Hiroto (13-2-1, 4) [小内義人], Kenshin Oshima (3-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] and Ryo Sagawa (2-1, 2) [佐川遼], who are all expected to move into bigger bouts in 2018.
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