Japanese boxing is known for it's warriors and it's exciting fighters. Today fans at the Korakuen Hall saw two such warriors collide in what was yet another thrilling contest on the domestic scene, and further proof that the Japanese fans really are among the luckiest in all of boxing.
On paper the match up didn't look amazing, as Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16) [近藤 明広] scored an expected win over Yuya Okazaki (12-10-2, 4) [岡崎 祐也], but how Kondo got to that win was nothing short of thrilling.
From the opening moments the two men found each other and although Kondo showed more defensive nous it was clear that near man was going to back off for long, and instead they traded blows up close. Okazaki brought much of the early pessure but that played into Kondo's hands, with the veteran landing counters on a regular basis.
In round 4 the accumulation of Kondo's shots took their toll on Okazaki who suffered a cut around the left eye. Okazaki wasn't going to give up just because of the cut and gritted his teeth the following round, taking the bout back to Kondo, but was eventually stopped in round 6 with Kondo picking up the pace and landing with a worrying success rate that forced the referee to stop the action.
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