The Super Flyweight Rookie of the Year final saw Shinobu Wakagi (3-2-1, 2) [若木忍] battle against unbeaten youngster Tetsuro Ohashi (6-0-1, 1) [大橋哲朗] in a really good looking match up on paper, and a very entertaining on
From the opening moments it was clear that Wakagi was a confident fighter, rushing at Ohashi. Despite the confidence it was also clear he was a wild fighter, sending himself through the ropes only seconds into the bout., The wildness of Wakagi continued through the first round as he repeatedly swung shots through the air, missing Ohashi by a long way. The 20 year old Ohashi showed great composure through the aggression of Wakagi whilst countering well.
The bout slowed in round 2, with Wakagi feeling the effects of his wild tactics and Ohashi catching him cleanly early in the round. It was clear that Wakagi was dangerous, and Ohashi didn't stand still for long to taste the power of Wakagi, but he was so terribly crude that he was continually leaving himself open. Wakagi again tried to rush Ohashi at the start of round 3, but was beginning to take clean shots through the round as Ohashi began to show off his skills, his movement and his variation. Ohashi slammed an uppercut on Wakagi's jaw, and a big straight not long afterwards whilst Wakagi's shots became laboured.
Wakagi went into the 4th, and last, round likely aware he was behind, and began to chase things with even more intensity than he had used earlier in the bout. That lead to more of the same, with Ohahsi landing to head and body at will, using sharp straight punches to make Wakagi really pay for his wide shots. Occasionally Wakagi's wild swings would hit home as Ohashi slowed down in the final minute, but even the Wakagi knew he hadn't done enough.
The scores cards were a formality, with Ohashi taking the shut out win, 40-36 from all 3 judges.
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