Earlier today fans in Aichi had the chance to see the Central Japan Rookie of the Year finals, to decide the Central Japan Rookie representative, who will fight again in November against the Western Japan Rookie representative.
At Middleweight the winner was Akihiro Asahara (3-3-2, 1) [浅原 亮弘], who won the division with a bye, given that he was the only fighter actually registered.
At Welterweight we saw Shinpei Tominaga (4-4, 4) [トミナガ シンペイ] succeed, with the big puncher scoring a 2nd round TKO win against the previously unbeaten Hiroki Ruger Takahashi (2-1, 2) [高橋ルガー大毅].
The Light Welterweight place was won by the heavy handed Shingo Saiki (5-1, 5) [斉木 新悟], who took out the debuting Yasuyuki Yamada (0-1) [山田 泰之] in 130 seconds. The win for Saiki saw him repeating his feat from last year and also claim the Skills award from the show with what was one of most impressive performances of the day.
At Lightweight fans had an ultra-competitive bout with Miguel Ocampo (3-0, 1) [ミゲル オカンポ] extending his unbeaten record and taking a unanimous decision over Takayuki Sakai (2-1-1, 1) [酒井 孝之]. The bout was an ultra-close one but a late knockdown against Sakai essentially decided the bout.
In the Super Featherweight division Shuichi Inagaki (6-2, 1) [稲垣 秀一] tasted success as he took a unanimous, but close, decision over Kazuki Okada (3-6, 2) [岡田 和晃]. Okada was constantly pressing the action forward but Inagaki answered all the questions as he won the bout with an impressive performance and one that deserved the win.
It was Yudai Imada (4-1-2, 3) [今田 雄大] who succeeded at Featherweight as he scored a 4th round TKO over Masaki Sasaki (3-1, 1) [佐々木 政城]. The stoppage came with just 14 seconds of the bout left though by the time of the stoppage Sasaki was a bloodied mess.
The Super Bantamweight bout was a battle of teenagers with 17 year old Ruito Saeki (3-0) [佐伯 瑠壱斗] taking a decision over 19 year old Kevin Mendoza (4-2-1, 1) [メンドサ ケビン]. There was very little between these two youngsters but Saeki did enough to take the decision on all 3 cards.
The Bantamweight bout, which was fought over 5 rounds, saw Jinya Ito (4-1-1) [伊藤 仁也] suffer his first loss as he was beaten by 19 year old Yuto Nakamura (5-2, 4) [中村 祐斗], who avenged a New Year's Eve loss with his win. The victory for the teenager also netted him the Fighting Spirit award and and certainly proved that he has a lot of potential going forward.
Arguably the performance of the day came from unbeaten Super Flyweight Katsuya Murakami (3-0-1) [村上 勝也] who really did a great job in over-coming Takuma Matsushita (4-2, 2) [松下 拓磨] with a wide decision. In total Matsushita was dropped 3 times as Murakami took a definitive unanimous decision and claimed the well earned MVP award.
At Flyweight the action was short and sweet with Masamichi Yabuki (2-0, 2) [矢吹 政道] quickly dispatching Kiyoshi Nakamura (2-4, 1) [中村 潔], needing just 132 seconds to score the win. The unbeaten youngster has now scored back-to-back opening round wins to begin his career whilst Nakamura is now on a 0-4 run.
At light Flyweight Akihiro Toya (3-2) [戸谷 彰宏] scored a domininant decision win over Masato Togawa (1-2) [十河 正人], with the judges scoring the bout 40-35, twice, and 40-34 to the 20 year old Toya. Togawa was down at the very end of round 1 and never found his way back into the bout.
And finally the Minimumweight winner was 18 year old Nagare Mizutani (2-0) [水谷 流], who took a 3 round technical decision win against Shin Tomita (3-4-2) [冨田 真]. All three cards were close but the judges all got the right man.
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