Through out history Japanese fighters have struggled outside of the Land of the Rising sun, however some have found success away from home, with fighters like Tomoki Kameda and Shoki Sakai both having success in Mexico and the US. Another name to add to that growing list of fighters forging a career in the west is Gaku Takahashi (15-6-1, 7), who recorded a career best win last night.
The Hokkaido born 29 year old fighter hasn't fought in Japan since losing in April 2010 to Makoto Fuchigami, he has however kept fighting, and has based his career in the US. In the US he has fought 5 bouts, starting in September 2014 with a win over Javier Albonica. He would win his first 3 bouts in the US before suffering a loss last year to the unheralded Adrian Granados, who would upset Amir Imam just a few weeks after beating Takahashi.
Last night Takahashi scored the biggest win of his career as he upset Denmark's Kim Poulsen (27-4, 7), fracturing Poulsen's jaw in round 2 and forcing his retirement from the bout.
For Poulsen this was his third stoppage loss, all coming in his last 4 bouts however for Takahashi the win is one of the most notable of his career, along with a win over former Japanese Middleweight champion Keiji Eguchi, and could help him get more notable bouts in the US,
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