Earlier today at the Aioi Hall fans got to see some interesting action.
The highlight, in terms of competitive action, saw the Japanese ranked Featherweight Shinji Takayama (21-3, 11) record his 14th straight victory as he out pointed the limited and light hitting Kohei Maruoka (7-6-1, 1) over 8 one sided rounds. The scorecards, which read 80-72,79-74,79-75 summed up the 1-sidedness of the contest though we're not sure if Takayama is as good as his record suggests.
Although Shinji Takayama was the highest fighter on the show the real highlight, for many, was the retirement ceremony of former Japanese title challenger Yuki Sano (17-3-5, 12). Sano, who was stopped 2 fights back by Naoya Inoue, got to end his career by sharing the ring with IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (26-6-0-1, 10). Sano has unfortunately been forced into retirement from an injury to his eye.
Whilst this was likely the last time any of us will see Sano in the ring as a professional show it was nice to see him receive 10 rings of the bell and an IBF t-shirt, given as a present from "The Lightning Kid".
(Photo courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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