One of those title bouts saw Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (22-1, 7) retain his title with a very hard fought decision over Nobuyuki Shindo (16-3, 6).
The bout started wonderfully for the challenger who had Takayama down in the opening round and had the bell not come when it did Shindo may have managed to stop the champion who looked in real trouble.
Things went from bad to worth for Takayama who was cut soon afterwards and was down on two of the cards when the open scoring was announced after 5 rounds. To his credit however Takayama dug in deep and fought back hard in a frustrating final 5 rounds marred by holding.
The hard battling from Takayama was him do just enough to retain his title with scores of 96-93, twice and 96-94. It was a worthy win for Takayama though again showed his leve as being that of a Japanese champion. He showed his heart though left us again wondering about just how lucky he is that Yoshihiro Kamegai has no intention of fighting for the Japanese title, as that would be a horrible match up for Takayama.
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