Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those with Boxingraise, had the chance to see former Japanese champions trading blows in an entertaining battle, which ended in rather peculiar fashion.
The bout in question saw former Japanese Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (18-4-1, 7) [新藤 寛之] over-come former Japanese Middleweight champion Sanosuke Sasaki (11-5, 5) [佐々木左之介] in a bout fought at Light Middleweight.
Early on it was clear that the two men had styles that were going to pose for some interesting moments, with Sasaki trying to apply pressure and use his heavier hands to hurt Shindo, who used his longer frame and speed to try and out box Sasaki.
Through much of the opening round it was Shindo with the upper hand, landing counter straight left hands. In the second round Shindo's confidence began to grow but that cost him in round 3 when Sasaki had some momentary success before hurting Shindo, and soon afterwards dropping him with a left hook. The knockdown set Sasaki into action and he did everything to try land a big right hand, but kept missing as Shindo saw out the end of the round.
Sadly for Sasaki that was his only real chance and Shindo slowly began to break him down in rounds 4, 5 and 6 before Sasaki was stopped by his corner early into round 7.
The timing of the stoppage seemed odd, with Sasaki looking in no major stress, but it seemed like his team felt he had taken enough. Sadly their intervention lead to his 5th straight loss, and his 4th stoppage loss in those 5 bouts, with the Watanabe gym fighter now more than 4 years removed from his last victory. For Shindo the plan now is to move towards a Japanese title fight at 154lbs and attempt to become a 2-weight Japanese champion.
(Image courtest of boxmob.jp)
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