Today Japanese fans in Tokyo saw the East Japan Rookie of the Year final, which saw 10 fights, and 12 fighters, progressing on to the All Japan final for December.
In the Minimumweight bout teeanger Tatsuya Tomioka (5-1, 2) [富岡 達也]scored a 4th round KO win over Shuri Hasebe (5-4, 2) [長谷部 守里], with Hasebe being stopped with an official time of 3:01 of round 4. He had been dominated through round 4 and the towel came at the same time as he he was dropped for the third time.
The Light Flyweight bout ended with a splut decision draw between Yuya Gunji (2-0-1) [郡司 勇也] and Tatsuhiro Toguchi (6-2-1, 5) [渡久地 辰優]. Due to the rules of the Rookie tournament Gunji advances to the next round as one judge favoured him 39-37, whilst the judge swinging the other way had it 39-38 to Toguchi.
At Flyweight we saw the really exciting Junto Nakatani (8-0, 7) [中谷 潤人] score an opening round win over Daisuke Yamada (5-3, 1) [山田 大輔]. The 18 year old Nakatani looked faster, powerful and exciting dropping Yamada with a left hand that left Yamada unable to continue. With the win Nakatani claimed the MVP for the show and left fans raving about the victory. For those interested, this bout can be seen below.
The Super Flyweight bout saw Ryoji Fukunaga (7-2, 7) [福永 亮次] score a 3rd round KO against Yukito Tomori (6-2, 1) [友利 優貴富] and continue his destructive run with a 3rd stoppage of the year. Although not the most skilled of fighter the 30 year old southpaw does appear to be a genuine banger.
In the Super Bantamweight bout Tatsuya Matsumoto (7-2, 2)[松本 竜也] scored a 6th straight win as he claimed a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Ikuro Sadatsune (5-2-1, 2) [定常 育郎]. The bout was close but Matsumoto was the deserved winner.
We had another decision at Featherweight where Yoshimitsu Kimura (6-0, 4) [木村 吉光] defeated Hiroshi Niiza (4-2, 2) [新座 宏] with a unanimous decision. The 20 year old Kimura looked the boss in rounds 4 and 5 and made the decision an easy one for the judges.
On paper one of the best match ups was at Super Featherweight and it lived up to the expectation as Yuji Awata (7-3, 3) [粟田 祐之] narrowly defeated Seiryu Toshikawa (6-4, 4) [利川 聖隆], claiming a razor thin split decision. The two men looked well matched going in to the bout and they proved to be brilliantly matched in the ring with next to nothing between the two fighter.
At Lightweight Ryuki Ishii (4-1, 3) [石井 龍輝] scored an opening round KO win against Akira Morita (6-5, 2)[森田 陽], with Morita being officially stopped at 3:07 of the opening round.
In the Light Welterweight bout the heavy handed Hayato Ono (5-0, 5) [大野 俊人] continued his truly perfect start to professional boxing with a 5th round TKO win against Takahiko Kobayashi (5-2, 5) [小林 孝彦], who has also never seen the final bell. Interestingly Ono doubled his career rounds with this win, having only fought 5 rounds in his previous 4 bouts.
At Middleweight Agoo Masaru (5-1-1, 2) [あぐ～マサル] claimed the with win with a unanimous decision win over Tatsuya Aizu (2-8, 2) [會津タツヤ].
The Bantamweight bout was cancelled, with Masato Niijima (5-1, 4) [新島 聖人] progressing to the All Japan final in December. The same also applied at Welterweight,with Ryota Toyoshima (5-1-1, 4) [豊嶋 亮太] advancing to the All Japan final.
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