Earlier today in Tokyo fight fans saw talented Japanese fighter Ryusei Kawaura (7-0, 4) [川浦 龍生] score his latest win, as he defeated Filipino foe Joy Joy Formentera (11-4, 7) with an 8 round decision at Korakuen Hall
Kawaura, a protege of former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, is incredibly well regarded in Japan though has been lacking in terms of activity, despite every fight being a step forward for the talented "Untouchable II", and today was another step forward.
The unbeaten Japanese fighter was pushed hard at times here in what was a really good technical battle and a fantastic test, as both men tried ti counter each other counters in a high skilled battle.
Formentera had come to win, and not just make up the numbers. He showed off quick hands and nice skills, having real moments of success, but he was often just coming off second best, despite drawing blood from Kawaura.
Formentera's success saw each of the judges find something to give him, but it wasn't close to enough, with the scores all reading 79-73 to Kawaura, who now looks likely to fight for a Japanese title in 2020. As for Formentera this loss is a set back, but one that he can take a lot of positives from and he has shown his ability against a top prospect.
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