Japanese youngster Juiki Tatsuyoshi (3-0, 2) was in his most significant test so far earlier today when he was taken the distance, in a close fight, by the determined and tough Koichi Wakita (2-2).
On paper the bout was a step up for Tatsuyoshi, who was facing his first opponent with a winning record, and it proved to be a tough match up for the 19 year old whose power didn't have the effect it had had on his previous two opponents. Instead of being bowled over by the first shot that landed Wakita took it and then fought back, using his jab and foot work. That footwork seemed to have Tatsuyoshi second guessing himself and it wasn't until round 3 that the unbeaten man really had some notable success.
Tatsuyoshi seemed to do enough to, at worst, deserve a draw, though the judges were slightly kinder to him, awarding him a win, albeit a very narrow one with cards of 39-37, twice, and 39-38.
Whilst Tatsuyoshi did get the all important win he will accept that this bout was a major learning experience, and whilst he wasn't happy with his performance he will, surely, take a lot from the bout.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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