On Sunday Japanese fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (4-0, 2) [辰吉寿以輝] got given the biggest test of his career so far, and it was one that he scarcely passed.
The 19 year old son of the great Joichiro Tatsuyoshi was up against Kazuki Sanpei (3-4, 1) [三瓶一樹] in what looked, on paper, like a straight forward win. Tatsuyoshi was the taller man, the man with the name and the man with the unbeaten record. Instead however he was the man getting the rub of the green and more than his share of fortune.
At the weigh in Sanpei had annoyed Tatsuyoshi by coming in late, he had shown a lack of respect to the 19 year old who had promised to score a KO. In the end that lack of respect was also shown in Sanpei's performance, with the under-dog not respecting Tatsuyoshi's name. Instead Sanpei fought confidently, managed to make the most of his own jab and seemed to out box Tatsuyoshi at times.
The bout wasn't 1-sided by any means, but it was certainly a telling performance from Sanpei who seemed to do more than enough to earn the win. That was something that one judge agreed with, though that judge was over-ruled with Tatsuyoshi claiming a controversial split decision with all 3 judges scoring the bout , with cards of 39-38, 39-38 and 38-39.
After the bout the youngster admitted that he thought he'd lost, and his legendary father stated that he had scored the bout a draw, with his son not showing enough desire late to earn the win.
Although the performance was poor from Tatsuyoshi we are now expecting to see him begin fighting 6 rounders. Following this performance however we will have to see a bvig improvement if he's going to go any further in the sport.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp, video courtesy of Shiro Takashima)
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