We had an interesting days action in Japan today (Sunday) with 2 cards at the International Conference Hall in Aichi.
We'll start first by looking at the one with the fight that interested us the most, the main event of the Midori Promotions card.
This show, the shorter of the two featured just 6 bouts though had a bout that genuinely was one to make note of. That bout in question saw Japan's #1 ranked Heavyweight Kotatsu Takehara (9-8-3, 4) battling Korean Cruiserweight champion Jong-Suk Lee (6-4) for the second time in their career.
With Takehara having a Japanese Heavyweight title fight lined up this seemed to be a moderately risky battle, though the man from Japan made it look easy stopping his Korean in the third round of a scheduled 10.
In the co-feature, a 6 rounder, Naoki Minami (5-5-1) fought to a draw with Yuichi Kubota (4-7-1, 3) with the bout scored a majority draw.
The undercard also featured a draw as both Masaru Urata (2-0-1, 1) and Masato Oike (2-0-3) kept their unbeaten records courtesy of a 4 round draw. In the other 4 undercard bouts we saw Hikaru Taiga (3-1, 2) stopping Masahiro Hayakawa (0-3-1), Tetsuya Morisada (1-1, 1) stopped Naonori Fukaya (0-3) and the unbeaten Shun Kosaka (4-0) took his fourth successive decision victory by defeating Hiroshi Tanase (2-3).
The other card was a 10 fight show courtesy of Shinsei Promotions, on paper this was the better show overall though lacked the high level main event of the Midori card.
This show kicked off with a 28 second Minimumweight bout as Kenta Shimizu (6-3-1, 3) took out Kenta Yokoe (2-6-1, 1) in a blink and you miss it bout. This was one of two scheduled 4 round bouts with the other seeing Yukiya Hanabusa (4-1-1) taking a split decision over Junpei Omori (3-3, 3).
After kicking off with a pair of 4 round bouts the card then had 7 bouts scheduled for the unusual distance of 5 rounds. These kicked off with Tatsuya Ikemizu (6-0, 2) defeating Hikaru Ando (5-4-1, 3) to maintain his 100% perfect record. This was followed by Super Bantamweight Bunta Mitaka (4-0-2) maintaining his unbeaten record with a decision victory over the hard hitting Masami Moriizumi (5-1-1, 4). We had a third successive decision as Shingo Kawamura (6-1, 2) over-came Kosuke Mizuno (5-4-1, 2) in a Featherweight bout.
The run of decisions came to crashing end after just 137 seconds of the fourth bout scheduled for 5 rounds as the hard hitting Shohei Fujimoto (7-2-3, 7) stopped the previously unbeaten Ken Osato (4-1, 3) before Brazilian born Lightweight Cristiano Aoqui (7-2-1, 4) dispatched Takafumi Yamada (4-3, 1) in 58 seconds in back-to-back first round knockouts.
The stoppage run continued into a third fight with Light Welterweight Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (6-1, 4) stopping the previously unbeaten Tatsuo Kurebayashi (4-1, 2) in the third round of their bout. The stoppages ended however in the final of the 5 round bouts as Dai Taoka (6-0, 3) took a decision over Hideo Mikan (5-5-1, 1) in a Welterweight contest.
In the final contest on the show, scheduled for 8 rounds, Seizo Kono (14-5-1, 9) stopped Yasufumi Asaoka (8-7, 6), this was Kono's first win in 3 bouts whilst Asaoka fell to 0-4 in his last 4 bouts.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.