Earlier today fans in Shizuoka and those who had paid for an a-sign stream, had a small but notable show thanks to Seien Promotions. It wasn't a big card but it did have a notable main event between two Japanese, top 10, ranked Super Featherweight contenders, essentially in a title eliminator.
The bout in question saw former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (24-5-3, 15) [金子 大樹] face off against Yusuke Nakagawa (10-5-1, 6) [中川 祐輔], who was in form and had gone 6-1 in his previous 7 with the sole loss coming to former Japanese champion Rikiya Fukuhara. Whilst Nakagawa had been in good form the same couldn't be said for Kaneko, who was 4-3 in his previous 7 and 2-2 in his previous 4, albeit at a much higher level than Nakagawa had been fighting at.
The fight seemed to see Kaneko fighting with a point to prove and he forced a fight on to Nakagawa, who returned fire in an exciting contest. Although Nakagawa was firing back it was clear his shots were having little effect on the tougher and stronger man, who was wobbling Nakagawa on a frequentl basis as the fight progressed.
Following a wobble in round 6 Kaneko showed his finishing instincts, landing a straight right hand that sent Nakagawa down in a heap and forced the referee to wave the bout off.
Following the win Kaneko stated that his intentions were now to get another title fight. He indicated that he was happy with a Japanese title fight but it seems like his long term goal more focused on a second world title fight.
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