Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fans had a chance to see Naoko Shibata retain her IBF female Light Flyweight title. On the same card the fans had the chance to see two interesting under-card fights.
One of those saw 2013 All Japan Flyweight Rookie of the year Ryuto Oho (8-2-1, 2) battle against Kenta Yamada (8-5-1, 1) in a bout that turned out to be a lot more competitive than some would have assumed.
To begin with it was Yamada forcing the pace with his aggression, sadly for Yamada he was unable to land the clean shots that he would have hoped for given his output. Whilst it was Yamada letting his shots go it was Oho who was landing the better shots with some spiteful body shots that really caught the eye. Sadly the 21 year old Oho lacked the power to really hurt Yamada, but it was those body shots that were the difference maker with Oho earning the decision with scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 80-73.
The other bout saw the touted Takeshi Inoue (5-0-1, 2) maintain his unbeaten record with a very one-sided victory over Hideo Mikan (7-10-1, 2) as he edged closer to a Japanese title fight at 147lbs, or 154lbs. From the opening round Inoue took control and out boxed, out fought and countered Mikan, who had no real answer. So dominant was Inoue that he managed to drop Mikan twice, en route to a very wide 8 round decision with scores of 80-70, 80-71 and 79-71.
The hope now is that Inoue will only be a fight or two away from a title fight, and given his ability it seems likely that he could end up winning a title sooner rather than later.
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