Yesterday Japanese fans got a genuine treat as former Japanese Flyweight champion Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8) [村中 優] got pushed all the way by former multi-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-16-1, 10) [久高 寛之] in a hidden gem of a fight.
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.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!