Earlier today fans the world over had the chance to see touted Japanese prospect Koki Inoue (4-0, 3) [浩樹井上], make his international debut as he travelled to Korea to face local puncher Hyun Woo Yuh (5-2, 5) in the headline bout of a Korea Vs Japan show.
The bout, a 6 rounder, was a significant step up in class for Inoue, the cousin of world champion Naoya Inoue, and the step up showed with Inoue starting slowly and cautiously whilst Yuh came out swinging for the fences. Yuh's aggression seemed to bother Inoue who showed caution for the first 3 rounds, though was landing the better shots and blocking much of Yuh's attack.
In round 4 we finally saw Inoue come to life, dropping Yuh with a blistering assault that would have seen off lesser fighters. Another assault at the start of round 5 left Yuh looking beat up but the Korean saw out the storm until he was dropped later in the round.
Having secured two 10-8 rounds Inoue seemed to ease off on the Korean in a relatively dull 6th round.
With the win the Japanese prospect secured his first decision win and his first win outside of Japan, for Yuh the bout was a second successive loss, though he certainly impressed and will be continue to be fun to watch.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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