Last December Japanese fans saw Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (24-12, 10) take a decision win over multi-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-15-1, 10) [久高 寛之], on Sunday they saw him do the double as he again outpointed the exciting but flawed Hisataka.
The bout was an immediate return match following their first bout, which saw take a clear 8 round decision win, but unlike their first contest this one was for 10 rounds, a distance that was expected to suit Hisataka more than the short distance.
The bout saw Yap starting well and establishing his boxing early on. Hisataka, as always, brought the action and pressure and although he had some notable successes it always seemed like Yap was just in front and had control of the fight through out, even in round 9 when Hisataka went all out in search of a stoppage, though found himself chasing shadows as Yap moved excellent away from the desperate Hisataka.
The control of Yap was shown on the score cards, which favoured him with scores of 97-95,98-94 and 97-93.
For Yap this was a 5th straight win and , and followed noy only the first win over Hisataka but also victories over the then unbeaten Tatsuya Ikemizu and future world title challenger Juan Jose Landaeta. Those wins have seen Yap rebuild brilliantly following a 3-fight losing run in 2013-2014 and it seems there is now talks for him to face Takahiro Yamamoto for the OPBF Bantamweight title in the Autumn.
As for Hisataka, the exciting "Sexy Soldier" appears to be seriously contemplating retirement, with this bout being his 6th loss in 9 bouts and with the fighter himself seemingly accepting that he's not the fighter he was just a few years ago. He said he'd sit down and speak to his family, but the truth is that it this looks like his time and los to wave the spot good bye rather than continue on picking up more losses
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