In he third, of 4, Korea Vs Japan bouts today we saw Yeong Min Kim (4-2-1, 1) [김영민] battle against Kimihiro Nakagawa (6-4-2, 3) [中川公弘] in a Featherweight bout.
After two very match ups between the two countries this bout seemed to just take things down a notch or two, at least in the early stages. It was something that suited the local, with Kim looking like the man who landed the more notable shots in the first couple of rounds and allowed him to get off to a solid start.
In round 3 the bout began to change, with the tempo building. It seemed like Nakagawa knew he had to change things up a little and mad sure to let his hands go more than he had in the earlier rounds. Sadly for him however he was caught by the best punch of the round, and seemed to be buzzed late in the round, following a brilliant 1-2 up top from Kim. Nakagawa's desire to turn things around was seen again in round 4 as he applied relentless pressure to the Korean, pinning him against the ropes and unloading on his body.for much of the 3 minutes.
Nakagawa continued to pressure his man in round 5, and Kim was starting to look tired, ragged and the body shots seemed to be taking their toll on the local fighter. Despite being worn down Kim wasn't just going to roll over, and he managed to have a few moments of his own in the penultimate round, including a brilliant combination in the final minute.
The final round again saw Nakagawa as the aggressor, knowing the bout was close and that he was the away fighter. The aggression of the visitor saw him pinning Kim on the ropes again, though Kim responded, fighting back hard. It lead to some amazing back and forth, especially in the final minute, as both men tried to do enough to secure the win.
After the final bell we went to the bell with the judges deciding, for the second time on the card, that the men had earned a draw. The draw was a little harsh on the visitor, but there was no real complaint from either man, in what ended up being a genuinely enthralling contest.
(Image courtesy of boxingm)
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