Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Kobe saw talented youngster saw unheralded Japanese fighter Shohei Kawashima (15-1-2, 3) [川島 翔平] record his latest win as he came through a gut check, and over-came veteran Junnosuke Nagayasu (13-12-3, 3) [永安 潤之介].
The talented Kawashima was last seen suffering a narrow decision loss to Christian Mijares and sadly it seemed like he showed some of the effects of that loss in a relatively uninspired win here.
Early on Kawashima kept his man at range with his speed and straight punches, but in the middle rounds he was unable to keep Nagayasu at range, instead it was the shaven head veteran who managed to control the distance. Sadly Kawashima's response seemed to be to clinch and force the referee to seperate the fighters.
Kawashima did manage to get some success into his work, but it wasn't a flattering performance that seemed to suggest that he wasn't sure how to handle the inside pressure of Nagayasu. His accuracy was the key, but the negativity won't have excited fans here. Thankfully he's young enough and talented enough to put it behind him and move on, looking for a better performance next time out.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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