Some Osaka however put the world title bout to the back of their mind and instead went to the Yogogawa Ward Center in Osaka City to watch a card headlined by 20 year old hopeful Takuya Uehara (10-0, 6) [上原 拓哉]. The unbeaten youngster maintained his perfect record with a decision win against Katsuhiko Kanno (9-10-7, 4) [菅能 克彦], though had his toughest bout so far as the 34 year old Konno refused to back down and genuine gave the youngster a much needed test.
The youngster found a home for his straigth left hand early in the bout and had success in the early rounds, however a headclash in round 3 left him cut and it seemed to shake him from his gameplan. The cut allowed Kanno back in though eventually the youngster regrouped and claimed enough rounds to secure a decision win.
The card for this one read 79-76 and 78-76, twice, all in favour of the youngster.
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