The Rookie of the Year tournament in Japan is one of the real highlights of the Japanese boxing system. Sadly however some of the divisions covered by the tournament have relatively limited competition with the Middleweight division in 2014 being very poor sadly. That was shown in the recent contest between Toshihiro Kai and Ryota Ikawa. From watching the bout you're unlikely to be amazed by either man though you will likely be impressed by the heart, drive and desire of both fighters.
Despite the quality of the fighters being less than great we've got to admit we did enjoy the bouts second round which some some lovely action from both men, sadly however it also showed the lack of power of both men who appeared to land a fair few clean blows to little real effect.
(Video courtesy of Nov K
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