Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a number of Japanese Youth tournament finals. One of those took place at Bantamweight and Wataru Takeda (11-1-1, 5) [武田 航] score a stoppage win against the heavy handed Yuto Nakamura (7-4, 6) [中村祐斗], to claim the title.
The technically well schooled Takeda took control of the bout early, using his skills to outbox Nakamura, who had his power neutralised. Round after round Takeda picked away at Nakamura, who came forward but struggled to have any major success.
Showing signs of being tired, and a mile down on the scorecards, Nakamura looked to turn it around in the final round, but Takeda continued to land the clean blows and a solid combination saw the referee intervene in a clear mercy stoppage.
Although the timing of the stoppage was a bit strange, with Nakamura throwing back and only having 72 seconds left to survive, he was swollen, and clearly the man coming off second best, with no real way to turn the bout around. The referee clearly looked for a time to wave the bout off, and did so when the chance arose.
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