Earlier today in Kobe fight fans had the chance to see world ranked Flyweight Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8) [帝里 木下], ranked in the top 5 by the IBF, secure his latest win as he defeated an over-matched Thai foe.
Kinoshita, best known for losing in an IBF world title fight against Zolani Tete back in 2014, easily over-came his foe in what was, essentiually, a stay busy bout for the Senrima Kobe fighter.
Kinoshita found his range early, using his southpaw jab to establish his control almost from the off. Occasionally the visitor would get up close, trying to land an uppercut, but was tied up and has almost every assault thwarted by the local favourite. Kinoshita's control of the bout strengthened as the bout went on, and early in round 3 he landed a nasty series of body shots that left the Thai in trouble. Whilst he managed to stay on his feet following those body blows he was dropped soon afterwards.
The first knockdown didn't finish off the Thai however a straight left soon afterwards did send the visitor down for the 10 count.
Following the win Kinoshita and his team stated that they were set to begin negotiations for a world title fight, with those negotiations set to begin in September, likely with the winner of the McJoe Arroyo/Jerwin Ancajas bouts. Although this bout was fought at Bantamweight Kinoshita sees himself as a Super Flyweight and will drop the weight to make 115lbs for a title fight.
On the same card fans saw a notable upset as Makoto Kawasaki (8-4-1, 1) [川崎 真琴] scored a 2nd round KO win against Japanese ranked Kazuya Murata (12-6, 5) [村田 和也]. Murata, ranked #3 by the JBC at Lightweight, was dropped by a left hook about a minute into the 2nd round, and although he was getting to his feet when the bout was stopped he hadn't managed to get himself up before the 10 count.
For Murata the loss is a major set back, and comes less than a year after he fought for the OPBF Lightweight title, losing to Masayoshi Nakatani last August. That loss to Nakatani had been his only loss in his previous 8 bouts coming in to this bout. For Kawasaki the win will likely result in a Japanese ranking and sees him turning his career around after 1-2 run in his previous 3. Despite the win we don't suspect Kawasaki will be rushed into a title fight.
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