On Saturday in Japan fight fans saw Japanese Youth champion being crowned as we got the previously delayed Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between Yuga Inoue (12-2-1, 2) [井上夕雅] and Aoba Mori (7-3-1, 1) [森青葉].
This bout had been planned for September, but was cancelled on short notice as Mori tested positive for Covid19. Despite the delay both men were hungry to make a statement and claim the title, which is quickly becoming a major title in Japan and one that is being held by numerous fantastic prospects on their way through the ranks.
From the off Inoue was pressing forward behind a tight guard that Mori struggled to get through. To his credit was throwing some nice combinations, his shots really struggled to find the target, whilst Inoue managed to find a home for his right hands up top and some heavy body shots. As the rounds went on the pace increased round by round, giving us a very, very fan friendly and exciting back and forth, but one where Inoue just had that touch of extra class with his shots, and the fighter defense.
In round 4 Mori had his best round, as Inoue seemed to slow down and not get his shots off like he had earlier in the bout, with Mori managed to get the body of Inoue and breach the guard more consistently. It was however a round that didn't see Mori build and moment and in round 5 we saw Inoue step back up and more than hold his own.
Rounds 7 and 8 were blistering action with both men going in to top gear in an attempt to amaze the fans as well as claim the victory. It was a completely sensational round as they stood only inches apart and traded straight punches up top. Sadly though neither man had the power needed to hurt the other, and as a result we went to the final bell.
After the bell we went to the judges who gave the bout to Inoue with scores of 79-73, 77-75 and 76-76, getting him the majority decision win.
After the bout Masato Yamashita stated the plan for Inoue is to return next time out in a non-title bout, and then look to win a more notable title in the fight after that. Neither he, nor Inoue, sounded happy about his performance, and it seemed clear that more is expected of Inoue.
Mori on the other hand seemed to be encouraged by his performance, though was disappointed by the result. He explained that he would be back doing road work tomorrow and was wanting to fight for a title in the future, and that he was wanting to win one so that he could make his promoter and trainer proud.
Tomorrow there's a big show in Kyoto, headlined by WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] defending his title against Japanese fighter Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道]. That card was set to feature a second title fight, with Aoba Mori (7-2-1, 1) [森青葉] scheduled to face Yuga Inoue (11-2-1, 2) [井上夕雅] for the Japanese Youth Flyweight title.
Sadly the Mori Vs Inoue bout has now been scrapped, on the day of the weigh in, with Mori testing positive for Covid19 in a PCR test.
At the time of writing it's unclear how ill the 21 year old is, though obviously the bout has had to be cancelled due to the positive PCR test. Prior to that test result coming back bot Mori and Inoue had made weight for the contest, with no issues. Mori had come in spot on the limit of 112lbs whilst Inoue had come in at 111.7lbs.
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