Earlier today fight fans at the Kyushu Kyoritsu University, in Kitakyushu saw a small but notable card being promoted by Orio Boxing.
The headline bout of the card saw former Japanese Minimumweight title challenger Takumi Sakae (13-1-1, 8) [栄 拓海] facing off against upset minded Filipino Lito Dante (11-6-4, 6) in what looked like a mismatch on paper, though was regarded as a good match by those in the know.
The bout started in an exciting fashion and the fight looked like it could become a a genuine treat for the fans with both biting down hard on their gum shields in round 2. Sadly as they exchanged punches their heads came together giving Sakae a nasty cut above the left eye.
Despite the cut the two men continued to wage war on each other, though unfortunately the cur began to worsen and in round 4 the cut had got to the point where the bout had to be called off, forcing a technical draw.
Given the action and the competitive nature we wouldn't be surprised by a rematch, however for Sakae the result is a second successive set back following a loss earlier this year to Japanese champion Tatsuya Fukuhara [福原 辰弥]. For Dante the bout is his first draw since he began his career with a strange 3-0-3 record.
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