Controversy and boxing have gone hand in hand throughout the sport's great history. There is no way we can ignore it, we know that the sport is full of poor decisions, bad stoppages, questionable world rankings and poor drug testing. The controversies take place in both the East and the West and they leave fans and the media annoyed at our great sport.
On Sunday there was a controversy that seemed to leave a very nasty taste in the mouth's of Japanese fans.
The controversy came from the scoring of the 8 round Super Flyweight contest between former IBF world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (22-1-1, 5) and rising Japanese hopeful Cyborg Nawatedani (9-3-2, 4).
On paper the bout was a mismatch. Kinoshita was a former Japanese champion, a former world title contender and a man eyeing up a second world title fight. To him this was a formality as he moved towards a bout with McJoe Arroyo. Nawatedani on the other hand was a relative unknown looking to make a statement and and continue a 9 fight unbeaten run, which had seen him over-come the likes of Junichi Ebisuoka and Shunji Nagata.
From the opening bell it looked like Nawatedani was coming in to this with the intention of scoring the upset and destroying Kinoshita's hopes of getting another shot at a world title. Kinoshita tried to respond but more often than not it was Nawatedani landing the more numerous blows and often looking like the boss. It was a stirring performance from a fighter who was taking a step up in class and looking to make a statement.
By the final bell it had seemed clear that Nawatedani had done enough to deserve the decision. Then however we got the controversy as the judges awarded the bout, via split decision to Kinoshita. It was a result that didn't seem to make sense and left many fans very angry afterwards.
That anger was shown online with comments suggesting corruption and ineptitude. Some seemed to feel the cards were filled out in advance so that Kinoshita could move towards a world title fight and that JBC should investigate the judges. Whether anything comes of the accusations and a call for a review is yet to be seen, though it's clear that some fans are furious at the result and feel that Nawatedani was given the wrong end of the decision.
For those who haven't seen the bout we've tracked down full fight footage, which can be seen below, courtesy of Westbrook Satoshi,
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (21-1-1, 5) may not be a huge name in the realm of professional boxing but last year he did take part in a world title fight, losing a lop-sided decision to the very good Zolani Tete in an IBF Super Flyweight title bout. At the time that looked likely to be the end of Kinoshita's dreams of becoming a world champion. Whilst another world title fight is a long, long way from happening for Konoshita his career is far from over.
Earlier today it was announced that the once beaten southpaw would be back in on August 23rd as he takes on Japanese ranked fighter Cyborg Nawatedani (9-2-2, 4).
The bout isn't a hugely mouth watering one but it's it's a big step up for Kinoshita who is looking for his third successive win following his loss to Tete last July. In his two subsequent bouts since that loss he has faced very poor Thai imports who were both stopped without giving Kinoshita too many tough tests. As for Nawatedani he's on a 6 fight winning streak, including a notable win over Junichi Ebisuoka, and is unbeaten in 9 fights dating back more than 3 years.
The bout is set to be the main event in a Senrima Kobe promoted card, "Pegasus Super Fight Vol. 47", and will be an 8 round contest at a contracted 53KGs
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