For many fans the highlight of boxing is the knockout, the blows that end bouts. The clean and definitive ending. To others however it's the skills, the hit and don't get hit, the ability to play chess in the ring and tease an opponent mentally as opposed to using just blunt force.
Today we saw the promising, and highly skilled move Jo Tanooka (13-3-3, 1) [田之岡 条] record his first stoppage as managed to secure a 4th round TKO victory over Shogo Sumitomo (6-9-1, 5) [住友 将吾] in a bout at the Korakuen Hall, which was streamed over the www.boxingraise.com subscription service.
Tanooka looked brilliant from the opening stages, moving and landing sharp accurate shots on Sumitomo, who applied the pressure but was never able to really trouble Tanooka. By the end of round 2 the talented 22 year old was landing body shots at will and although the shots never appeared to have much on them he was making his foe look inept.
In round 3 Tanooka stepped it up and began to give Sumitomo a genuine schooling, but never looked like he was hurting his man. Although never being hurt Sumitomo did look like a man who was tiring quickly and in his corner he began to look exhausted. Tanooka seemed to notice that in round 4 and upped the pace. By the final minute Tanooka had Sumitomo reeling and eventually the towel was thrown in to save Sumitomo.
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