The bout lived up to the expectation that many fans had and was a war from the off, with both men letting their hands go with bad intent.
In the first two rounds it seemed like Teshigawara's extra experience at a higher level was the telling factor, with him taking those rounds on all 3 cards. In round 3 however Kurihara had a break through landing a vicious straight right hand on the counter that seemed to rock Teshigawara for a moment. It seemed like both men really found their groove in an exciting round 4, which saw bith raise their pace with some thrilling moments of back and forth.
In round 5 Teshigawara broke through, landing a series of heavy blows that left Kurihara helpless on the ropes and forced the referee to save him, ending what had been a mini-classic for the thrilled fans at the Japanese "holy land" of boxing.
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