Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the first show at the "Holy Ground" for the year, and it was an interesting double header. One of those bouts aw Yuki Beppu battle with Charles Bellamy, with Beppu looking to tie the Japanese KO record, whilst the other saw JBC ranked Bantamweights battle in what was a Japanese eliminator.
The fighters in question for that Bantamweight title fight saw the teak tough Tatsuya Takahashi (25-6-5, 18) [高橋 竜也] battle against top ranked domestic contender Yuta Saito (10-7-3, 7) [齊藤 裕太], and unsurprisingly the bout was thrilling.
From the off the two men proved to be competitive, though Saito did enough to claim the opening round, before Takahashi did well to battle back and take the lead. Saito wasn't going to let his man take over and instead started a strong fight back before the two men started to fight back and forth in some thrilling scenes. The action resulted in some nasty facial damage to Takahashi but unfortunately neither man managed to do enough to claim a win, with two of the judges having the bout 76-76, whilst the third judge had Takahashi winning 78-74.
At the moment it's unclear if either man will be getting a Japanese title fight later this year, though we wouldn't mind seeing these two trade blows against each other again later in 2017.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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