Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a genuine upset as the exciting Kenya Yamashita (9-3, 6) [山下 賢哉] suffered a shock 7th round TKO loss to the under-rated Akinori Hoshino (12-7-1, 9) [星野 晃規].
Entering the bout Yamashita was in the top 10 at Flyweight by the JBC and was expected to see Hoshino and moves towards a potential title fight in 2017. Instead however he fought against an inspired Hoshino taking the first 2 rounds on all 3 cards to establish an early lead. The youngster came back strong in rounds 3, 4 and 5, but seemed to begin slow in round 6 as Hoshino began to rise again.
Hoshino manage to drop Yamashita in round 7 and although the exciting Yamashita recovered to his feet he was stopped soon afterwards to give Hoshino his biggest win to date. Surprisingly this was Hoshino's first bout in almost 2 years and came following back to back losses. On paper he was a huge under-dog, though he shouyld have been viewed as a live under-dog given wins over Kenichi Watanabe, Shuji Hamada and Mako Matsuyama though his career.
Sadly for Yamashita this setback comes only two fights after a stoppage loss to Katsunori Nagamine.
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