Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo had the chance to see former world title challenger Motoki Sasaki (41-10-1, 25) [佐々木基樹] battle against Japanese ranked Yuya Okazaki (11-9-2, 4) [岡崎 祐也]. On paper the bout might not make for interesting reading but Sasaki, a 40 year old fighting for just the second time in 3 years, was taking on a real challenge and a man who recently challenged for an OPBF title, and given that Sasaki is still a popular fighter the bout was a notable one in Japan.
Given that Okazaki was several inches taller and 11 years younger than Sasaki something this would be too much for the veteran. In the end however it was Sasaki's toughness that took him to a victory in an 8 round slugfest,
The fight started relatively controlled but round by round the action became hotter and more violent, with Sasaki cutting the distance and forcing the fight up close, whilst Okazaki responded with hooks and uppercuts. At the end however their was no doubting that Sasaki landed the better shots, forced the action and controlled the bout whilst Okazaki was being forced to respond to the aggression of Sasaki.
After 8 rounds all 3 judges scored the bout for the veteran with cards of 78-75, twice, and 78-74 who we suspect will be rewarded with a Japanese ranking when the rankings are next published, towards the end of this month. For Okzaki however this likely pushes him well away from a title fight, and leaves him 0-2-1 in his last 3 bouts.
For fans wishing to watch this bout, it will be on Boxingraise tomorrow.
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