Every since turning professional there had been pressue on Tanaka to be a star. He had been a brilliant amateur on the Japanese scene, winning 63 of 77 bouts on the unpaid circuit. That pressure an expectation grew as he took on better opponents, and last time out he scored a win over a world ranked Thai.
Sadly for Tanaka he had began to show flaws, and today those flaws cost him as Takahashi scored a surprise upset win, stopping Tanaka in 3 rounds.
Tanaka looked good to begin with, showing good skills and movement, but in round 3 he was caught by Takahashi and went down. The guts of Tanaka showed as he got up, but was down again soon afterwards and stopped, with Takahashi claiming the biggest win of his career and Tanaka having his career now needing to be rebuilt, big time.
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