This past Sunday was a huge day in Japanese boxing with a number of shows across the country. The day saw two world champions retain their title in Tokyo, where much of the focus was, but did also see several notable results outside of the capital.
One of the most notable of those saw Japanese veteran Daiki Koide (22-8-2, 9) [小出 大貴] suffer an unexpected loss in Aichi to Korean visitor Woo Min Won (8-1, 5), who scored a 3rd round TKO win.
Won, making his international debut, was expected to come up short here, with more than 60% of those polled on Japanese site Boxmob picking Koide, but instead shocked the local with a stoppage win.
Koide wasn't the only local to come up short with Kazuya Maruki (19-4, 12) [丸木 和也] suffering a very unexpected loss to Chan Hee Park (5-6-1), via an 8th round decision. The bout was competitive at times but the Korean did more than enough to deserve the decision with scores of 79-74, 78-75 and 77-75.
A third result of note on this card saw former Japanese Heavyweight title challenger Kotatsu Takehara (13-11-3, 6) [竹原 虎辰] score a 4th round TKO win over the previously unbeaten Ryu Ueda (5-1, 2) [上田 龍].
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