When we first heard that Japanese based Filipino Ricky Sismundo (27-8-1, 12) would be fighting Shuhei Tsuchiya (16-4, 14) we knew we were in for a treat. Both guys are fun to watch, both guys come to fight and both can hurt and be hurt relatively easily. Both were also in need of a win after having suffered loss in recent high profile bouts.
The fight lived up to expectation and saw both men dropped in what was a highly competitive contest between two men who were effectively fighting to remain relevant on the Japanese domestic scene.
The relatively fragile Tsuchiya was dropped first before catching Sismundo and sending him down later in the same round as Sismundo tried to force an early finish. Sismundo against struck gold early as he dropped the Japanese fighter for the second time in the fight. This time he had learned his lesson and refused to leave himself open whilst going for the kill. Instead he backed off taking the 10-8 round.
It was that 10-8 round that ultimately decided the bout with Sismundo winning a split decision with cards of 77-75 and 76-75 in his favour whilst a dissenting judge went 76-77 in favour of Tsuchiya. Interestingly this is Tsuchiya's first decision defeat though again it was down to his poor defense and willingness to have a fire fight. Hopefully he'll manage to tighten that up one day though we do suspect that his limitations have been found. For Sismundo this win could open up an opportunity to fight for the Japanese title in 2015.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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