Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had an interesting card, "Fighting Bee Vol 19", put on by Ichi Riki promotions. The card wasn't stacked with top names but featured a good combination of name talent and decent domestic match ups to give fans both some blow outs and some competitive action.
The chief support bout from the show saw the struggling Takafumi Nakajima (26-9-1, 11) [中嶋 孝文] score an opening round blow out against a Thai foe in a massive mismatch. Coming into this Nakajima had lost his previous 2 bouts, including suffering an 88 second blow out to the frighteningly exciting Kosuke Saka back in September.
Nakajima showed little sign of any hangover from that loss to Saka as he dropped the Thai foe foe the full 10 count in a quick and efficient victoryto reinstill some confidence.
Another man picking up a confidence building win was fellow struggler Hikaru Marugame (6-2-1 4) [丸亀 光]. who had failed to win in his previous 3. Marugame, a former amateur stand out, took out Pepsi Sithluangporphun (1-1, 1) in the second round to record his first win in alos 17 months!
Another stoppage saw the big punching Keita Kurihara (8-4, 7) [栗原 慶太] score a 3rd round win over the talented but light punching Sonin Nihei (8-3-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍. Whilst not a huge shock this was a minor upset with Nihei having once looked like a really promising fighter, that promise however couldn't cope with the heavy hands of Kurihara.
A good, and competitive, bout that did see the final bell saw Junki Sasaki (17-3, 6) [佐々木 洵樹] claim a clear, but hard fought, 8 round decision win over Yudai Tamagawa (9-8-1, 3) [玉川 裕大]. Sasaki, ranked in the top 15 by the JBC at Featherweight, always seemed that little bit better than Tamagawa, but the under-dog refused to bow down and Sasaki certainly got forced to work for his win.
Another that went the distance saw Tasuku Nakagawa (6-1-1, 2) [中川 祐] take a dominant and clear 6 round win over Toshizane Kinoda (5-3, 1) [木野田 俊翔] in a bout that looked very, very, competitive on paper. Nakagawa won every round, and was never in trouble during the 6 rounder.
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