Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a bout between two Japanese ranked Middleweight's.
The bout saw Yasuyuki Akiyama (11-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸] narrowly over-come Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (6-3, 5) [細川チャーリー忍] to take a step towwards getting a second Japanese title fight.
The heavy handed Hosokawa started well and took control of the bout early on, but his success seemed to only make Akiyama grit his teeth. Sadly for Hosokawa by round 4 he was starting to look tired, his quick start was coming at a cost and it was givign Akiyama a lot of chances to land his shots, and control the pace.
With Hosokawa slowing he was essentuially doing more to survive than to win the rounds giving Akiyama a chance to reun out to a lead, which he kept to the final bell, winning a winning a majority decision with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 76-76.
The win for Akiyama saw him end a 3 fight losing run whilst Hosokawa's sees a 4 fight winning run come to an end here. Essentially this could well see Akiyama getting a second title shot before the end of the year.
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