Those fighters were Hideo Sakamoto (17-4-4, 5) [坂本 英生] and former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (26-8-1, 13) [川口 裕], who really fought like men who knew their careers were on the line.
Entering the bout Sakamoto was looking to redeem himself following 3 losses in his last 4, with the most recent being an opening round blow out defeat to Ryo Matsumoto. As for Kawaguchi he had lost 2 of his last 5, but his wins during that run really were unremarkable and low key affairs.
The bout saw two really evenly matched men both fight in pursuit of the win but neither looked comfortable with the other always having a response and something to fire back in what was a relatively exciting, yet messy, competitive contest.
After the 8 rounds neither man had really seperated themselves from the other and the result was the fairest, though both really did fight for the win.
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