Earlier today in at the Sanda Hotel in Japan fight fans were able to see the latest show from Taisei Gym, featuring a number of talented young fighters.
The main event of the card saw former world title challenger Riku Kano (16-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] over-come 2018 Rookie of the Year runner up Tetsuya Mimura (8-2, 1) [見村徹弥] in a very hotly contested 8 rounder.
The open portion of the fight was very competitive with neither man getting a clear upperhand. Kano looked the faster fighter, and his body shots were landing well, but Mimura more than held his own, and seemed to be, perhaps, edging the the first 3. Sadly though Mimura then struggled to keep pace, and after the bout he explained that he couldn't do what he wanted in the final 5 rounds.
After 8 rounds the scores were 76-76, even, 78-74 and 77-76 giving Kano the majority decision win.
Kano's stable mates Arata Matsuoka (9-6, 4) [松岡新] and Hikaru Matsuoka (16-5-3, 2) [松岡輝], who are actually twins, also took razor thin wins.
Arata Matsuoka narrowly over-came Shota Asami (7-7, 4) [浅海勝太] with a split decision in an 8 round Flyweight bout whilst Hikaru Matsuoka, like Kano, ended up with a majority decision, as he over-came Retsu Kosaka (10-5, 4) [小坂烈].
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Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Riku Kano (15-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] would be returning to the ring on November 17th in Kobe, at the next Taisei promoted card.
The 21 year old Kano will be facing off with with fellow youngster Tetsuya Mimura (8-1, 1) [見村徹弥] in a 8 round bout at a contracted 49.3KG's, around 108.7lbs.
Kano, who attempted to become Japan's youngest world champion back in 2016, has had a frustrating few years with stoppages losses to Jerry Tomogdan and Shin Ono, though he did claim the WBC Youth Light Flyweight title back in May. A title that he won't be defending here, sadly.
Despite his set backs Kano has shown he's always will to fight and is already a young veteran, having made his pro debut as a teenager way back in 2013. He may have lost in his world title bout with Katsunari Takayama, and subsequent bouts to Tomogdan and Ono, but there's a belief that he still has a lot to give the sport and his move to 108lbs is expected to really give his career new legs.
Mimura on the other hand is much less well known than Kano. He debuted back in He back in 2017 and reached the All Japan Rookie of the Year final in 2018, losing a competitive bout to Daiki Kameyama in the final. Since then he has scored 2 wins, earlier this year. A win over Kano here would be the biggest of his career, by far.
This is a really interesting match up between talented youngsters and something that should see both men applauded for taking.
The Light Flyweight final of the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year saw 22 year old's clashing, as Daiki Kameyama (7-2-1, 2) [亀山大輝] faced off with Tetsuya Mimura (6-1) [見村徹弥], in what looked like a very competitive contest on paper.
The opening round saw a fast start from Kameyama who looks incredibly quick and is showing nice footwork to set up his southpaw jab. He looked fantastic at times with his jab, but unfortunately when it came to adding spite on his shots Kameyama's accuracy went missing wildly, and when that happened Mimura found the space and time to counter, landing the cleaner blows in rounds 1 and 2. Whilst Mimura landed the better quality blows there was something hypnotic and impressive about the the volume of Kameyama, who looked like a little fire cracker, just needing to land.
In round 3 Kameyama finally managed to land some of the better shots, with both hands, though they seemed to be landed not out of being set up with skills but more on the basis of him unpredictable, quick and throwing from unusual angles. Those same unorthodox traits played into his hands again in round 4, until very late in the round when Mimura finally seemed to figure him out and landed a couple of big head shots just before the bell.
The 5th, and final, round saw Kameyama again get the upper hand, even when the two men stood toe to toe, as they did during the middle portion of the round in the bouts highlight. Mimura gritted his teeth however and dug deep to fight back as Kameyama looked to score a stoppage in the final moments.
Mimura impressed at times, he was technically the better fighter, but the speed, unorthodox fighting style and aggression were enough for Kameyama to take the decision, with scores of 50-45 and 48-47, twice. Having enjoyed this bout we can't help but feel that if Kameyama can get a good trainer he has the potential to be a real firecracker on the domestic scene, he's very entertaining even if he is technically limited.
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