On paper it looked set to be a fun filled war and that's exactly what we got From the opening round the action was hot with the two fighters trading from the very early stages. With neither being a puncher both knew they could take a shot or two and standing in range longer than they perhaps would have against a more devastating fighter. The action continued to be fought at a frantic pace through the middle rounds with neither managing to clearly distinguish themselves as the boss of the bout.
The action continued to be fought at a great pace to the end and there was very little to seperate the fighters come the final bell.
At the end the judges scored the bout 77-75, 77-76 and 76-76 to give Muranaka a razor thin majority decision win.
After the bout Muranaka suggested he wanted to fight another known name fighter like Hisataka in his next bout. For Hisataka this was a third straight loss, and a 7th loss in 10, but it showed he could still compete at this level and no one would complain about seeing more of him in 2017.
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