Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fans had some genuine treats. One of those was a Lightweight clash between former OPBF/JBC champion Yoshitaka Kato (29-6-1, 9) and the under-rated Japanese based Filipino Ricky Sismundo (30-8-2, 13).
On paper the bout was brilliant, well matched, potentially explosive and it and promised to be a competitive fight. In the end it ended living up the expectancy in some ways, but was thoroughly surprising in other ways.
We were expecting a fight from the opening bell. Both guys have, in the past, shown a willingness to bring the action and enjoy a fight. Surprisingly we instead saw Sismundo boxing, and for the first few rounds it was his boxing that was the key with his jab being the most significant punch of the fight.
By the mid round Kato was being forced to chase the fight and it seemed more and more like he would have to do something special to turn it around.
In a hole and knowing he had to change things Kato came out looking for the finish in the final round. He managed to drop Sismundo but that was as close as he came to turning the fight around as he came up short, losing a decision where all 3 cards favoured Sismundo by a score of 76-75.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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