On July 25th 2013 fans were hoping to see a thriller when the unbeaten but relatively untested Masayoshi Nakatani took on the monstrously hard hitting and very exciting Shuhei Tsuchiya. There was little certainty about who was going to win but everyone expected a bout that wasn't going to go the scheduled 8 and was going to be action packed.
Whilst the bout didn't go the distance few would have expected the reason for it. Tsuchiya was simply out boxed, out banged and beaten up by Nakatani who landed numerous body shots that took the wind out of Tsuchiya's sails in double quick fashion. It was the breaking out party for Nakatani who, just a fight later, won the OPBF Lightweight title by over-coming Yoshitaka Kato in a much tougher bout than this one.
For Tsuchiya things haven't been great but they have been exciting and it's clear that he's going to be a fan favourite with his do or die attitude in the ring. Technically limited but highly aggressive he'll remain a fan favourite even if he never manages to go on to win any sort of titles. It's fighters like him that make the sport worth following below just the big names and we want to say thank you to Tsuchiya even though he was up against a much better fighter here.
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