Earlier today fans in Osaka saw Takahiro Murai (14-6-2, 5) [村井 貴裕] claim his best win so far, as he scored a 7th round TKO victory over former Japanese title challenger Masato Morisaka (11-5-1, 6) [森崎 正人].
The little known Murai had come into the bout on a 4 fight winning run, though his best win coming into the bout had been a split decision win over Atsushi Aburada and he was certainly not regarded as a puncher. He did however show unexpected power here, flattening Morisaka with an assault in round 7. Amazingly Morisaka did get to his feet but the bout was stopped.
For Morisaka, who has now been stopped 3 times, the defeat is going to be a hard one to rebuild from and it will almost certainly see him dropout of the Japanese rankings. Coming in he had been ranked #15 at Flyweight.
In Decemeber 2015 Morsaka had fought for the Japanese Super Flyweight title, losing in 5 rounds to Sho 'Ishida, and it seems like this loss here will end his dreams of getting another title fight, especially given that he is 34 in December.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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