Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a contest for the vacant Japanese Super Featherweight title, as Masaru Sueyoshi (16-1, 10) [末吉大] battled against veteran Ribo Takahata (13-8-1, 5) [高畑里望] for the title that was vacated earlier this year.
The bout had some promise, but started in a frustrating fashion, with Sueyoshi looking too quick for the old legs of Takahata, who is known for toughness but is at an advanced age. Despite the movement of Sueyoshi there was moments for Takahata, who refused to take a step backwards and always looked to put the pressure on the much younger man.
After 5 rounds, when the cards are announced publically for Japanese title fights, Sueyoshi was in the lead with scores of 48-47 and 49-46, whilst the third judge had it 48-48.
Knowing he was in the lead Sueyoshi didn't need to change anything, and seemed to really just continue doing what he was doing anyway, but just pick it up a notch. That lead to him extending his lead through much of the middles rounds without any issue. To his credit Takahata went all out in the later stages, and made the final couple of rounds really exciting, but it was too little too late for the veteran.
Going to the cards there no doubt that Sueyoshi had, won and the judges confirmed it, with scores of with 98-92, twice, and 97-93.
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