Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Aichi saw Japanese ranked Bantamweight Eita Kikuchi (20-4-4, 8) [菊地 永太] defeat Kazuki Fukakura (9-12-2, 3) [深蔵 和希], scoring a clear unanimous decision, and move a step closer towards a Japanese Bantamweight title fight, potentially in 2017.
From the early seconds Kikuchi's ability was clear and he seemed to be more comfortable in their than Fukakura, however Fukakura made it clear that he wasn't in the ring to just make up the numbers and repeatedly tried to bring the fight to Kikuchi, who relied on experience to get through some rough patches.
Although it seems unlikely that Kikuchi's next bout will be for a title it does seem that he's well on his way to getting such an opportunity in the near future. If he, or rather when, he gets that shot it will be his second title bout following an OPBF title fight with Shingo Wake back in 2013.
Sadly for Fukakura this was a third successive loss, and his 6th loss in 8 bouts, however he showed enough here to show he can still be competitive with decent opponents.
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