This past Thursday in Japan fans at the Korakuen Hall got a treat as they saw a world title unification bout, a Japanese title bout, a world ranked contender and several promising prospects in a show that went somewhat under-the-radar.
The main event of the card was the Japanese title fight, which took place at Featherweight and saw former title challenger Satoshi Hosono (29-2-1, 20) narrowly retain his title with a majority decision win over the tough and very game Takuya Watanabe (26-6-1, 12). Watanabe came to win and through the first 5 rounds was more than holding his own however Hosono's pressure managed to see him come on strong in the latter rounds to just claim the victory.
In the other title fight fans saw the tough Momo Koseki (21-2-1, 7) over-come an opening round knockdown, and a bloodied nose, to unify her WBA Atomweight title with the WBC title held by rival foe Ayaka Miyao (20-6-1, 4). Miyao got off to a good start but Koseki showed her champions quality and claimed a narrow win. This was Koseki's 16th defense and finally saw her unifying titles to cement her legacy as the greatest Atomweight of all time.
The chief supporting bout saw the world ranked Ryo Matsumoto (16-0, 14) continue his unbeaten run as he scored a 5th round TKO win over the game and gutsy, but completely over-matched, Saensak Sithwarunee (1-5), who has now been stopped in a successive trio of bouts.
Ryo Matsumoto's bout was one of three scheduled to go 8 rounds. Another saw Lightweight puncher Yosimichi Matsumoto (9-1, 7) score a 4th round TKO win over Genki Maeda (2-1, 1), who tried to bite off too much too soon. The other saw Kenichi Miyazaki (10-1-1, 3) score a 4th round TKO win over Thai visitor Chaloemkiat Kiatprapat (0-1).
To open the card fans get a couple of 4 rounders. One of those saw Toru Kiyota (2-0, 2) score an 81 second victory over Akira Watanabe (2-5-1, 2) whilst the other resulted in a 3rd round TKO win for Naoki Koishi (4-2, 1) who beat Yuichi Kitayama (3-3-1, 3).
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