At the end of 2016 Daiki Tomita (11-0, 3) won the Rookie of the Year at Minimumweight, he did so with out much fan fare or attention despite being a teenager at the time and moving to 8-0 (2) with the win, which came over Tatsuya Tomioka. It's unclear why we, like so many others, slept on him, but today he proved his ability once again as he took a huge step up in class, and clearly defeted the very decent Desierto Nagaike (10-3-1, 2) [長池拓].
The youngster from Sakai started the bout byattacking the body of Nagaike, but the more experienced man kept up a tight guard and block most of what was going his way. Rather The defense was protective, but Nagaike struggled to turn that into any sort of offensive opportunities.
With Nagaike having fallen well behind from the constant, if some what light, work from Tomita he decided to chance tactics in the later round, looking to press forward and bully the younger man. That change failed to get him out of his hole, but did help make the scorecards look more repsectable, with scores of 97-95, 98-94 and 99-93, all in Tomita's favour.
With a 10 rounder now under his belt it may not be too long until we see Tomita begin to hunt titles. He needs a bit more seasoning, but on this showing he does have the potential to be a very good fighter.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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