Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw the once touted Sho Nakazawa (10-2, 4) [中澤奨] suffer his second defeat, as he was upset by the unheralded Ryo Hino (11-1-1, 6) [日野僚].
On paper the bout looked really interesting, with the the records being very even, however it was assumed that Nakazawa would come out on top given his pedigree as a very good amateur fighter. That pedigree wasn't able to shine however as Hino used his southpaw stance and reach to keep Nakazawa at range, before landing right hands.
Nakazawa's issues were compounded by a controversial knockdown ruled against him in round 2, when he took a shot to the back of the head whilst off balance.
Going in to the 8th and final round Nakazawa knew he was behind and he tried to turn it around, as he went out ultra-aggressive, but unfortunately for him he was unable to stop Hino.
With the bout going the distance we went to the judges, and there was no surprise when Hino's arm was raised with cards of 79-73, 78-74 and 78-73 all in his favour.
The win for Hino is potentially one that will put him in the mix for a Japanese title fight, especially given that Nakazawa was ranking in to this bout. Sadly for Nakazawa it leaves his career with a lot of rebuilding to do, and it's hard to imagine him being able to rebuild following a performance like this one.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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