Earlier today fight fans in Osaka were expecting to see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿以輝] return to the ring, for his first bout of 2017. Sadly an injury forced him out of the bout and resulted in a main event between former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Satoru Sugita (13-4-1, 8) [杉田 聖] and Indonesian Egy Rozten (5-16-2, 3).
The bought might not have had fan appeal of a bout with Tatsuyoshi but it was still a good chance to see a notable name fighter get his career back on track, with Sugita stopping the visitor in 5 rounds.
The bout began with Sugita trying to control the distance and tempo of the bout, but before long Rozten was ignoring the shots at him and swinging for the fences. At times the Indonesian was having success, and Sugita had to be mindful. That success however came at a cost for the Indonesian who looked liek he was emptying his tank in round 3.
With Rozten's output dropping significantly it seemed only a matter of time before Sugita would close the show, which he eventually did when he unloaded on Rozten in the corner, in the final seconds of round 5.
The win for Sugita was a confidence building ring return, after a very close loss to Kenichi Ogawa in a Japanese title fight, and we suspect we'll see him back in title contention sooner rather than later, without needing many bouts like this.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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