Earlier today in Japan fight fans saw Masaharu Kaito (7-2, 3) [海藤正晴] take on Change Hamashima (10-4-1, 4) [濱島悠紀] at the Kaikyo Messe, in Hamashima's home city of Shimonoseki.
Coming in to the bout Kaito was ranked by the JBC but had been out of the ring since October 2017 whilst Hamashima was looking to bounce back from a May loss to Kudura Kaneko, in what was a Japanese Youth title fight.
The fight started cautiously, but the fight picked up the pace and in round 2 Hamashima was tagged just before the bell. The following round Hamashima scored a flash knockdown, with a right hand. The knockdown seemed to be more balance related than actually hurtful for Kaito. In round 4 Kaito rebuilt brilliantly, using his southpaw jab to control the range and cut his foe over the right eye. Despite controlling round 4 Kaito was cut himself, over the bridge of his nose from a clash of heads.
Kaito's success would pay off in a big way in round 7, when he landed a body shot that dropped Hamashima, who was in agony. The local was unable to beat the 10 count with Kaito taking the KO win at 1 minute 15 seconds into round 7.
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