Earlier this year was saw Takuya Kogawa lose a very controversial bout in Thailand to Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep. The bout was one that would have seen Kogawa become the WBA interim Flyweight champion. The loss was a hard one to swallow considering that a fight earlier Kogawa had lost the Japanese title just a fight earlier in another close one to Suguru Muranaka. His career was on the ropes entering his most recent bout against Hiroyuki Hisataka.
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)
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