Like Kogawa we saw Hisataka entertaing the bout on the back of successive losses, the first was a stoppage loss in a WBO Super Flyweight world title bout against Omar Andres Narvaez whilst the second was a decision loss to Ohashi gym prospect Ryo Matsumoto. Like Kogawa his career was on the rocks.
The two men put their future on the line in a real crossroads fight. The winner would continue to have title aspirations whilst the loser would likely be relagated to fighting the emerging prospects in their coming fighters. What we got as a result was a really good, and very meaningful contest that saw both men puting it all on the line, especially in a sensational 8th round.
We won't ruin the result but this was a great bout and round 8 is possibly the Japanese domestic round of the year. Enjoy!
(Video courtesy of Miyata Gym Boxing Channel)