Foe one reason or another we've generally struggled to get Japanese TV recordings. This video however is a treat and is the recording of the Sky A Sports broadcast of the Japanese Bantamweight title fight from earlier this year between Kentaro Masuda and Yu Kawaguchi. Sadly despite the amazing footage it wasn't the great of fights, though was still a very good fight. Please note that due to the video being from the TV broadcast there is some build up for both men, meaning the actual fight doesn't started until about 14 minutes in. We felt that keep the broadcast "as was" was preferable though we are sorry to those who just want to get down to action.
Heading into the bout Kawguchi was getting his first ever title opportunity. He had been a professional for around 6 years and had had 25 previous bouts. For Masuda it was a second title opportunity having been stopped in a battle for the same title, in 2012, by Ryosuke Iwasa. It was, on paper, a very competitive bout though not one between the best Bantamweights in Japan, who were clearly Shinsuke Yamanaka and Tomoki Kameda, both of whom we were champions. In fact what it was what was advertised, a domestic title fight with two experienced domestic level fighters both looking to secure their biggest and most important win.
We won't ruin the action but we will say it was a very solid bout with both men giving it their all. It's well worth a watch if you want to see two men fighting their heart out in a bout they feel they must win.
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