Earlier today in Japan fight fans saw veteran Motoki Sasaki (42-11-1, 26) [佐々木 基樹] suffer a clear decision loss to 24 year old hopeful Genki Ishikawa (9-1, 5) [石川元希], who secured his biggest win to date.
The talented youngster got off to a good start, controlling the tempo and space of the bout with his sharp southpaw jab, and clearly took the opening round against the older, and much smaller, man. Sasaki, to his credit, bounced back well and seemed to claim the following two round, as he began to close the distance and cut Ishikawa around the right eye in what would be his biggest moment of success.
With a bad cut, that would bleed down his face for the rest of the bout, Ishikawa knew that he couldn't things and began to fight smartly. He uses his younger, fresher, legs to legs well and landed power straight left hands and sharp right hooks to keep Sasaki from ever forcing a war, until round 6 when it was too late for the veteran.
At the end of the bout Ishikawa was the winner on all 3 cards, winning with scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 58-57.
Following the bout Sasaki announced his retirement, as if to accept that he's no longer got what it takes to be a champion.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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