We'll start by looking at the Japanese card which saw a 7th round technical draw in the headline bout as Tatsuya Takahashi (15-4-3, 10) failed to over-come Kanae Onogi (6-5-1, 3). On paper Takahashi was supposed to roll over Onogi though the under-dog proved to have simply too much fight in him. Interestingly this result puts Takahashi at 3-2-3 over the last 2 years signalling that maybe he has now found his limit.
In the chief support bouts Ryo Narizuka (6-4) managed to out point Toshihiro Kurihara (4-6-1, 3) and Joe Takeshima (5-3, 1) did the same to Koki Yoshida (4-3, 2). Interestingly Narizuka's victory sees his record in 6 round bouts move to 2-0, the direct opposite of his record in 5 bouts which stands at 0-2, for Kurihara however it was his 4th loss in 5 bouts. For Takeshima it was an excellent return to the ring after more than a year of inactivity whilst Yoshida suffered his first loss in 3 bouts.
Prior to the three "bigger bouts", come on we can hardly call them big bouts, there was a showcase of novices on the under-card. These undercard bouts saw Norris Yano (1-0) winning a battle of debutants over Takuya Kurata (0-1) via a shut out over 4 rounds in the shows clearest decision. Yano's decision victory was one of 4 on the undercard with Hideki Suzuki (3-3-1) out pointing Satoru Morishita (2-4) in an evenly matched bout, Tetsu Narusawa (1-0) having a memorable debut defeating the experienced Masaki Sakamoto (3-10-1) and Masato Yamawaki (1-0) over coming fellow debutant Takamasa Ueno (0-1) in decisive fashion.
The shows remaining two bouts both saw stoppages as Ryusei Yabe (1-0, 1) stopped fellow debutant Masato Motohashi (0-1) in round 3 whilst Colombian born Japanese based Elfelos Vega (2-1, 2) bounced back from his first defeat by stopping Yuya Nemoto (1-2) in the second round of their bout.
In the USA, Russian Matt Korobov (21-0, 12) put on a controlled and measured display in taking a wide decision over American veteran Grady Brewer (30-17, 16). The performance won't get fans excited about the Russian and whilst he's clearly talented it's a shame he couldn't find the next gear for much of the fight.
Thankfully it wasn't all dull work for former Russian amateur stars and Artur Beterbiev (2-0, 2) made a real impact in Canada as he stopped the experienced Rayco Saunders (23-21-2, 10) in round 3. On paper this looks like a typical prospect beating a journeyman but Saunders was a very high level journeyman who often faced fringe contenders such as Isaac Chilemba and Eleider Alvarez and went the distance. In fact this is only the second time Saunders has been stopped in his 46 fight career.
Unfortunately it was all good new on the American continent as Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (9-12, 7) suffered his third successive loss thanks to Paul Mendez (14-3-1, 6) who forced a 6th round retirement of Yusubov.
Staying on the international for just another second, Syrian born British based Youssef Al Hamidi (12-59-3, 1) suffered his 8th defeat of the year losing to the unbeaten Fergus Taylor (3-0) in Doncaster, England.