Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakeun Hall got a title double header. One of those title sbouts saw veteran Koshinmaru Saito (23-9-2, 13) [斉藤 幸伸丸] battle the highly touted Takeshi Inoue (10-0-1, 5) [井上 岳志] for the Japanese Light Middleweight title.
The bout started really evenly with Saito landing a solid right hand but quickly being tagged to the body by Inoue. Inoue looked to apply the pressure but Saito was smart to it and and held his own, battling against Inoue in what was a really competitive and even back-and-forth.
After 5 rounds the judges cards were announced, with two scores of 48-47 and one of 49-46, all in favour of Inoue, with his pressure impressing the judges.
In round 6 Saito's movement began to fade, his ability to cope with Inoue's pressure was obvious and Inoue's assault was becoming more successive. That assault eventually lead to a cut aroudn Saito'sleft eye. It didn't seem a particularly bad cut, but the referee halted the contest, with images after the fight showing Saito's eye was pretty bad.
Sadly for Saito this was 7th title bout, and his 7th set back in bouts at title level, whilst Inoue has announced himself as a champion, and as a man going places with a title now around his waist and he's on the hunt for more, with his promoter mentioning that he was now looking to get his charge fights for the WBO Asia Pacific or OPBF titles.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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