The Super Bantamweight division is one of the most interesting in Japan, with top fighters, prospects and contenders all making a name for themselves. The latest Japanese fighter in the division to make a name for himself is Takuya Mizuno (12-1-1, 11) [水野拓哉], who claimed the Japanese Youth title earlier today, as he over-came Ryota Ishida (8-2, 6) [石田凌太].
The bout looked like a thrilling match up on paper, and a potentially explosive contest between two heavy handed fighters. Amazingly however the bout went the distance with Mizuno claiming his first ever decision win, and over-coming Ishida, who had dropped two weight classes to make the 122lbs limit.
The bout was a tough one for both, with neither really managing to make themselves stand out, with the bout having a great ebb and flow as a result. It was a tough one to score and amazingly it went down to the final round, with Mizuno doing enough to claim the round on all 3 cards, sneaking a split decision with scores of 77-75, twice, with those cards out-weighing a 77-76 card in favour of of Ishida.
Although a rematch between the two could take place down the line, we suspect that Ishida will move back up to his more natural 130lbs, or 126lbs, whilst Mizuno will look to establish himself as a real player on the domestic, or Oriental, scene. It is worth noting however that Mizuno really is in a stacked division and he will certainly struggle to win a senior title at the moment, but he can begin to head towards those sorts of bouts in 2018.
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