Earlier today Japanese fans got the chance to see a long awaited rematch between Nihito Arakawa (25-4-1, 16) and Akihiro Kondo (19-4-1, 8). The fight, between two former Japanese Lightweight champions, was 4 years in the making with Arakawa having taken a majority decision over Kondo back in 2010 to rip the national title from Kondo.
Sadly for Kondo he was unable to get revenge over Arakawa who was pushed hard in a very competitive 10 round contest.
The fight, which was the main event of today's Korakuen Hall show, was thrilling with both men trading shots through the bout. The shots seemed to take a more telling effect on Kondo who suffered some notable swelling on but he refused to back down and to end the fight the two men just unloaded on each other in a thoroughly wonderful ending to what was a great fight.
Although Kondo lost, with scores of 98-92, 97-94 and 96-95 all in favour of Arakawa, it was hard to believe that this was a man who we returning to the ring after more than a year out.
A third bout between the two might not be likely but we'd certainly not complain if the two men did meet again. What's more likely however is that Arakawa fights Japanese champion Yoshitaka Kato in what would be a third bout between Arakawa and Kato.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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