In an absolutely barn storming bout Japan's Daisuke Narimatsu came up short against American sensation Carlos Balderas. The bout was fought at an incredible pace up, close with punches being thrown non-stop in a toe-to-toe war. In the end however the more classy work came from the American who looks like a very special talent for the future, and maybe these two will clash again in the professional ranks in the future. Given the quality of this fight we'd love to see them go again over 12 rounds!
In the second fight to feature an Asian we saw Uzbek fighter Hurshid Tojibaev over-come British fighter Joe Cordina, with a majority decision in a 75KG bout. The touted Cordina seemed to concentrate more on moving with his hands down than actually fighting, yet one judge manage to give him a share of the fight, whilst the Uzbek actually came for a fight and landed almost all the notable blows to claim a well earned win, despite a very harsh point deduction.
Sadly things weren't as good in the third bout as Tajikistan's Anvar Yunusov was forced to retire at the start of the second round against home fighter Robson Conceicao. Yunusov had injured his right arm in his previous bout and was unable to through it during this bout, retiring as a result.
Staying in the 75KG division was saw Azeri fighter Kamran Shakhsuvaerly over-come China's Zhao Minggang with a decision in what was a rather 1-sided bout, with the Azeri looking several levels above the brave but out-classed Chinese fighter.