One of the most disappointing performances this year came in the debut boxing show at the Portopia hotel in Kobe as Japanese southpaw Teiru Kinoshita took on South Africa's Zolani Tete and showed a real lack of experience at the world level. In fact Kinoshita showed little more than toughness as he lost a clear and wide decision to the South African power puncher.
From the opening round it seemed clear that Kinoshita had no idea how to cope with the lengthy arms of Tete, who landed his own southpaw jab time and time again. As the fight progressed things never really got any better for Kinoshita who began to eat straight left hands as well as sharp jabs. The best Kinoshita could throw back in return was wild flurries our of range before being tagged himself.
It was a painful lesson for a man who had never previously tasted defeat and it may well be the defeat that either makes or breaks Kinoshita as a fighter. Potentially he has time to rebuild his career though on the flipside of that he has several talented prospects to contend with on the domestic scene and fighters like Yohei Tobe and Sho Ishida will consider Kinoshita a stepping stone following this limp performance.
(Video courtesy of Nov K)
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