Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to watch an interesting card at the EDION Arena Osaka. In the main event fans saw a notable upset as Jayar Inson scored a 7th round TKO win over Ryota Yada to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title but the under-card was also full of notable fighters.
One of those was Japanese ranked Super Flyweight contender Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之], who entered the bout ranked #3 by the JBC. The talented Okumoto moved a step closer to a Japanese title fight as he defeated the limited but durable Takanori Hayashida (7-11-3) [林田 貴紀], who retired after the 5th round. Hayashida looked like he was in the ring looking for an upset but a cut over the right eye saw his corner pulling him from the bout.
One of the more interesting undercard bouts saw Takeru Kamikubo (12-2, 8) [上久保タケル] claim a very hard fought and narrow 8 round decision win over Japanese ranked Takahiro Murai (14-7-2, 5) [村井 貴裕]. Murai, who was top 15 ranked by the JBC, had been favoured to win here but Kamikubo really impressed and was well worth the win despite some issues in the early parts of the fight. Another bout that went the distance saw the JBC ranked Naotoshi Nakatani (10-0, 6) [中谷 有利] take a very hard fought decision victory over Masashi Wakita (6-5-2, 2) [脇田 将士], in a bout that was a lot more competitive than the records of the two men would suggest.
The highly touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] made light work of a Thai foe, taking just 73 seconds to see off his man. In a similar fashion Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] also made light work of a limit Thai foe, needing just 41 seconds to see his man off, for Kyoguchi this was his return after more than 20 months away from the ring and a gym transfer. Another notable fighter scoring a stoppage on the under-card was school girl Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], who defeated the win-less Mizuki Matsuoka (0-2) [松岡 瑞稀] in the third round of their scheduled 4 rounder. Matsuoka was left with a badly bloodied nose before her team threw in the towel.
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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.
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