Late last night in the US, around mid-day for Japan, fight fans got an absolute treat as Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23) [亀海喜寛] and Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18) gave us an expected war or attrition, resulting in a brilliantly fought draw.
From the opening seconds it was clear that the two men weren't going to be looking to sharp shoot but were instead happy to walk up to each other and engage in a full on brawl, a brawl that lasted 10 pulsating rounds.
The fight saw both men having their moments, with Kamegai suffering a nasty cut in the second round but hurting Soto Karass in the later stages, as he actually showed some subtle boxing ability as well as his ability to brawl.
At the end of the bout everyone seemed to feel that the cards were going to be close, and that was the case with the scores reading out 97-93 Kamegai, 96-94 Soto Karass and 95-95, draw. Their was little real complaint with the cards, though the bout did see plenty of calls for a rematch, something that could happen later this year!
(Image courtesy of Teiken)
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