Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw 2-time Japanese Featherweight title challenger Tatsuya Otsubo (13-9-1, 4) [大坪竜也] battle against Yosuke Kawano (13-5, 7) [今野裕介], in a contest between two Japanese ranked Featherweights.
The bout ended up being amazingly competitive, from the first round to the final bell.
Both men stood their ground through much of the contest, in an exciting back and forth war. There was was moments where both men looked to feel the pace, but neither man really wanted to back off, leading to a really exciting contest, even if the skill level wasn't massively high. Instead of skills and boxing IQ being on show fans were instead given a treat of action, heart and desire.
Given how competitive the contest was there was very little to split the men. The judges however gave the bout to Otsubo with a majority decision, thanks to scores of 77-76, twice, and 76-76.
The win won't automatically get Otsubo a third shot at a title, but certainly keeps him in the mix. Sadly for Kowano the loss is a hit to his hopes, but he too is still in the mix, and may well get a rematch given how good this bout was.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall has a chance to see a show promoted by Hideki Todaka. The card wasn't a high profile one, but did feature a number of Japanese ranked fighters, several of which were in pretty interesting match ups.
One of those notable names was JBC ranked Welterweight Cobra Suwa (20-13-2, 12) [コブラ諏訪], who bounced back from his November 2017 loss to Nobuyuki Shindo by blasting out an over-matched Thai foe in just 53 seconds.
One of the more interesting match ups pitted Japanese ranked Super Featherweights against each other, with Kazuma Sanpei (15-4, 6) [三瓶数馬] coming out on top against Kei Iwahara (8-5, 4) [岩原慶]. The bout was a really well matched one on paper, with both fighters just outside the JBC top 10, but in the end Sanpei's experience proved too much for Iwahara, with his team tossing in the towel mid way through round 6.
Another bout between Japanese ranked fighters was the main event, which pitted two JBC top 15 Featherweights against each other. This bout saw Dai Iwai (22-5-1, 7) [岩井大] out point Yosuke Kawano (12-7-2, 6) [河野洋佑] over 8 rounds to take a huge step towards getting a Japanese title fight, potentially against JBC Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto. This was a really competitive bout, though Iwai's experience helped him to the decision with scores of 78-74 and 77-75, twice.
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