Whilst we all love busy days of boxing some days, despite being busy, fail to really inspire us as fans. On of those days was this past Sunday. Although we had 24 bouts spread over 3 cards very few of the bouts were actually able to grab our interest. We'll admit it's a shame to say that but it's a problem with smaller cards.
Despite not really attracting our attention on the whole some of the fights certainly had some importance. In fact 2 of those were at the Taiho promoted show at the IMP Hall as Ryota Kajiki (22-8, 14) over-came Cirilo Espino (19-13-3, 12) via 8 round unanimous decision and So Takenaka (18-7-2, 8) over-came Shohei Kanemoto (8-7-1, 3) via narrow split decision.
Aside from those two bouts on that particular show it was really hard to show any interest in the other 5 bouts.
They included an 8th round TKO for Akiyoshi Kanazawa (11-2-3, 5) over Atsushi Aburada (7-6, 4) who was stopped for the first time in his career and a 3rd round KO for Hideo Mikan (6-5-1, 2) who took out Thai debutant Eaksayarm Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-1).
In the 4 rounders on the Taiho show Takuma Hayashi (3-0, 3) took just 23 seconds to stop the debuting Yoshiaki Kishioka (0-1), Jin Katsue (2-0, 1) stopped Kei Fujita (3-2, 1) in the second round whilst Noboru Osato (2-1-2, 1) took a decision over Kazumasa Harunaga (1-3).
The Taiho show was 1 of 2 at the IMP Hall with the other be a follow up show by Green Tsuda. This show, the "The 22nd GT Carnival" was an 8 fight show which again had little in terms of bouts worth noting.
In the one bout of interest Kiron Omura (12-3, 10)bounced back from an opening round loss to Shohei Omura by stopping recent Japanese title challenger Satoshi Niwa (15-17-3, 2) in the 6th. This is a second successive loss for Niwa who may well be close to calling an end to his long career.
The co-feature here saw Ryuji Miyazaki (12-7-3, 4) taking an 8 round decision over Shun Ishibashi (8-15-1, 3). On paper this looked a mismatch though it was surprisingly not all one way traffic despite Miyazaki taking a clear decision in the end.
As well as those two bouts, both scheduled for 8 rounds, the show's other 6 bouts were all scheduled for 4 rounds. These saw only 1 bout failt to go the distance as Hisashi Kawanishi (4-5, 1) took out Takahiko Nakajima (2-4-1) early in the second round.
Of the 4 bouts that went the distane the most 1-sided saw Michitaka Muto (1-0-1) nearly shut out the win-less Takehiro Tode (0-3) in a very one-sided contest. Although a little bit closer there was no doubting that Yuki Nagashima (4-0, 1) had beaten Kazuki Kimura (0-2) in another clear result on this card. Things were also semi-close for Takeshi Nakayama (3-5-2, 1) as he over-came Shota Fujii (1-10) and Ryota Yada (3-2, 2) over-came Toru Kageyama (3-5, 2). The closest bout however saw a real scare for Hikaru Matsumine (3-0) who narrowly over-came fellow Takaaki Kanai (2-1, 1) by a score of 39-38 across the cards.
The 1 show that wasn't at the IMP Hall was at the Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo. This show, promoted by reason was a 9 fight show that was genuinely disappointing looking on paper and one that we could understand fans avoiding in all honest. The most notable bout on paper saw Keita Nakano (10-8-3, 2) taking a very close majority decision over Tonko Nakagawa (11-6-1, 4). Sadly this was headand shoulders above the rest of the card.
In the chief support bouts James Murashige (7-3-1, 4) took a 4h round stoppage over Hiroshi Abe (5-10, 4) whilst Minoru Matsuo (6-2, 3) also took a 5th round stoppage as he defeated Yoshihisa Yokota (5-10-1, 2).
Despite both of the support bouts finishing inside the distance we unfortunately couldn't say the same for the undercard bouts where only 2 finished inside the distance. These saw Takahiko Suzuki (2-0, 2) stopping Wataru Yokoyama (1-1, 1) in round 2 and Yuji Awata (3-1, 2) stopped Teppei Tsukamoto (2-4) in round 4.
In the decision on the undercard Reiya Abe (2-1) over-came the debuting Tasuku Nakagawa (0-1) by unanimous decision, Yuki Uchida (2-1) took a split decision over Shinnosuke Okada (1-4-2, 1), Yutaka Horikoshi (4-4-1, 1) fought to a majority draw with Noboru Takahashi (3-3-1, 1) whilst the only female bout on the show saw Mayumi Kubo (5-10-1) upsetting Mikiko Muto (2-1).
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