Earlier today Japanese fans got their final show of February with a card at the Korakuen Hall. The show went some what under-the-radar internationally but the show did get a good crowd and did feature some really interesting action.
The main event was the most exciting and saw Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-1-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] score a second round win against Thai visitor Nongbeer Sor Bangkru (1-7)*. Although a mismatch according to boxrec the bout was a high paced war with Tameda setting a high pace from the off. Early on Bangkru was down but landed a counter later in the opening round to score his own knockdown before being seen off in round 2, with Tameda simply being too much.
Following his win Tameda stated that he was after a title fight later this year, and that could prove to be very interesting given his aggressive style.
In the chief support bout fans saw former Japanese title challenger Takuya Watanabe (28-6-1, 14) [渡邉 卓也] score a 6th round win over Katsunori Imai (5-7-3) [今井 勝典]. Watanabe started fast with his jab but Imai happily fought back from he back foot and and made it clear that he was there to put up a fight, rather than just fall over. Unfortunately for Imai the fighting took it's toll and a cut over the left eye forced the conclusion to the bout just 67 seconds into round 6.
In a bout fought at a contracted 80KG's fans saw Shintaro Matsumoto (12-4, 9) [松本 晋太郎] score a 3rd round KO win against Thailand's out of shape Khundon Chaiyonggym (7-3, 7). From the off the two men looked very different physically, with Khundon scarcely looking like an "athlete" and it showed with Matsumoto targetting the soft midsection of the visitor. Although the body shots took their toll it was a shot up top that saw off Khundon part way through round 3.
In a Light Flyweight bout the promising Sho Kimura (10-1-2, 4) [木村 翔] scored a 3rd round stoppage win against Takayuki Teraji (6-10-1, 3) [寺次 孝有希]. This looked somewhat interesting on paper, with Kimura lacking notable wins, but turned out to be a very 1-sided bout with Kimura dominating almost every second of the bout. Kimura dominated with his 1-2's and dropped Teraji in round 3 before the referee waved off the action.
The only bout to actually go the distance was the opening bout of the card, which saw Shingo Kusano (11-4-1, 4) [草野 慎悟] take an 8 round decision win over Thai novice. Denyaso Sithkhrumak (1-1, 1). This bout started well but descended into a wrestling match as the action went on, with Denyaso being deducted a point for rabbit punching as both men began to get tired.
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