Earlier today fans in Japan had a real treat as the 2015 National High School tournament came to an end with the 8 finals taking place this morning.
The first of those finals came at Pinweight and saw a repeat of this years invitational high school tournament with Yudai Shigeoka taking a unanimous decision win against rival Ryusei Matsumoto. The bout was a competitive one but it seemed liked Shigeoka was a deserving winner.
At Light Flyweight we saw 2015 Asian Junior Champion Ryutaro Nakagaki continue his fantastic year by taking a very hard fought win over the much talked about Keisuke Matsumoto. There really was little to separate these two, despite the 3-0 win for Nakagaki, and it's fair to say that both of these youngsters will go a very long way given the performances they've given this year.
The stand out bout came at Flyweight as Takeshi Inoue and Hayato Tsutsumi put on a thrilling 3 round war. At the end of this one it really was too close to call though Inoue got the win in what was arguably the most exciting and action packed fight of the weekend. As with the fighters in the Light Flyweight bout it's clear both of these youngsters have the potential to go a long way.
In the Bantamweight division we saw Takeshi Inoue's brother Hayate Inoue come up short as he was beaten by this year's Asian Junior Championship silver medal winner Taiga Imanaga. This was another fantastic bout though it seemed that Inoue was always half a step behind Imanaga who was a worthy winner.
The Lightweight bout was another thriller with Reo Saito out pointing Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto in a very close and exciting bout. The contest gave us a sensational second round and could easily have gone either way.
At Light Welterweight we saw another of the 2015 Asian Junior silver medal winner impress as Issei Aramoto scored a clear win over Kyohei Hosono. The talented Aramoto impressed against a foe who came to win but found himself coming up short on a regular basis.
There was a real nail biter at Welterweight as Kenta Harada claimed a split decision win over Junpei Iwasaki. This really could have gone either way though helps to bolster Harada's year which also saw him claim a championship win at the National Selection tournament back in March.
The show ended with the Middleweight division which saw the very impressive Ren Umemura continue his domination of the domestic scene as he defeated Kenshin Masaki, just as he did in this years Invitational tournament. Whilst he's not ready, yet, we do suspect that Umemura will become a really exciting professional when he inevitably signs professional papers
Although the entire event was streamed on Ustream it currently appears that no footage has been released. We hope that changes in the coming days so that we can share all the bouts, particularly the Inoue Vs Tsutsumi bout which really was something special.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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