The bout in question saw former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (28-2-2, 18) [赤穂 亮] claim a controversial split decision over the exciting and aggressive Hiroaki Teshigawara (12-2-2, 6) [勅使河原 弘晶] in a bout that will long live on with the fans in attendance.
The bout started well for the novice who took the opening round before Akaho bounced back with the second round. The following two rounds were close, and saw the judges splitting the rounds to give us split scores after 4 rounds, one judge having it 39-37 Akaho, one having the same score to Teshigawara and the other judging having the bout a draw.
The middle rounds of the fight saw Teshigawara picking up the pace and dominating through a number of rounds as he took the fight to Akaho, and claimed rounds 5 on all 3 cards and round 6 on two of the cards, with the dissenting judge having the round even. From round 7 on wards however Akaho began to show his experience as Teshigawara slowed down. The slow down in Teshigawara's work gave Akaho a real chance to work his way back in charge and going into the final round it seemed like it was all to play for.
The final round saw further drama as Akaho was deducted a point for a low blow. Sadly for Teshigawara the deduction wasn't enough with two of the judges favouring Akaho , with scores of 97-94 and 95-94, whilst the third judge had Teshigawara winning 95-94. The general view from fans ringside seemed to be that Teshigawara had done just enough to claim a win, but there was no real anger at Akaho getting the close win, though some did raise eye brows at the 97-94 card which was very hard to explain given the action in the ring.
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