Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans saw talented youngster Izuki Tomioka (3-0, 1) [富岡 樹] record his first stoppage win, as he forced the referee to save the over-matched Shun Shimazaki (8-9-1, 3) [嶋崎 俊] in the 5th round.
Tomioka show cased a bit of everything en route to his win and really did look a class act from the opening moments. In the early stages Tomioka looked to box at range whilst Shimazaki looked to come forward and cut the distance. Tomioka seemed to realise that he had the ability stand his ground a bit more, having great succ when Shimazaki did close the distance with some brutal body shots.
Every so often Shimazaki would get a shot through but they were few and far between with Tomioka getting more and more confident as the bout went on. That confidence showed as he started to roll and slip shots, and then fire off some electric combinations. It was almost as if he was telling Shimazaki that there was no for more experienced man to beat him.
In round 4 the under-rated power of Tomioka took it's toll with a brutal combination dropping Shimazaki. The gutsy fighter got back to his feet but was lucky to see out the round as Tomioka looked for a finish.
In round 5 that finish finally came with the referee being forced to save Shimazaki who had been hurt from a stinging right hand.
With the win Tomioka has laid down a marker ahead of of his August 23rd clash with Yuichiro Kasuya (9-1-1, 1) [粕谷 雄一郎], in the Japanese Youth Tournament. Whilst the win may not make Tomioka a star it does show his potential, and he managed to stop a man who had only previously been stopped once, by the monstrously heavy handed Yusaku Kuga back in 2011.
(Image courteys of boxmob.jp)
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