Last year Filipino fighter Jomar Fajardo (14-7-2, 7) shocked us all when he took on unified Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr and fought to a draw with the talented Mexican. At the time it seemed that Fajardo was one of the many Filipino fighters with a misleading record who could hold their own at a higher level. S
Today Fajardo was in action in Japan where he fought Japan's very own Hayato Kimura (23-7, 15) in a bout at Super Flyweight. Fajardo had taken the bout on late notice, after Kimura's original opponent Takuya Kogawa was offered a Japanese title fight, though he had done the same when he fought Rodriguez Jr in his career defining bout. Sadly however he was unable to muster the same effort he here as he had last November in a late contender for FOTY.
From the off Kimura seemed too big and too strong. It was to be expected however with Kimura being a big Super Flyweight-come-Bantamweight whilst Fajardo was a Light Flyweight-come-Flyweight. This size advantage had helped Kimura to a clear lead early in the bout with Fajardo trying his hardest but generally coming up short against the bigger man.
Sadly being the shorter man did Kimura little favours when the two men clashed heads in round 4 leaving the Filipino visitor with a cut over his left eye. Kimura seemed to be spurred on by the sight of his foes blood and stepped up assault before the bout was terminated in the 6th round due to the cut.
Unfortunately for the visitor he never looked like getting the decision on the cards and it showed when all 3 cards came back in favour of Kimura with scores of 59-56,60-55,60-56.
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