Due to various changes in the line up for today's "Crash Boxing Vol 7" the main event of the show ended up being a bout between Takayuki Okumoto (17-7-2, 7) [奥本 貴之] and Sonin Nihei (8-2-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍]. On paper it was a good match up but in the ring it was a surprisingly disappointing.
The opening round was messy with both men getting low and and stances of the men caused several headclashes in what wasn't a great round. In the second round the southpaw Okumoto landed a big left hand that dropped Nihei. The 22 year old recovered to his feet but a follow up attack from Okumoto forced the referee to stop the bout, giving Nihei his first stoppage loss.
For Okumoto the win sees him bounce back following a split decision loss earlier this year to Thai visitor Eaktwan Mor Krunthepthonburi and potentially puts him in the frame for a Japanese Super Flyweight title fight in the near future.
Sadly for Nihei the loss is a major set back. He had won 3 in a row since suffering a loss to Kenya Yamashita and a draw with Tae Woon Jun but this loss will be a hard one to bounce back from given the nature of the defeat.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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