There are some fighters that guarantee action, excitement and drama. One of those is 30 year old Japanese warrior Takuya Kogawa (25-4, 13) who was in action on Thursday at the Korakuen Hall.
The Flyweight warrior was in action defending the Japanese Flyweight title against former foe Tetsuma Hayashi (25-4-2, 9), who was having his third shot at a Japanese title, and once again Kogawa provided action and drama as he successfully retained the title.
To begin with things didn't look good for the champion who was dropped in the opening round as Hayashi got off to the dream start. The knockdown, which certainly came as a surprise, seemed to make Kogawa focus and from then on he began to establish himself.
Despite losing the first round 10-8 the champion had established the lead by the end of round 4 and was well up on the scorecards when they were announced after round 5. In fact the judges had given the champion every round but the first.
In the second half of the fight the champion began to slow down, he had roared back from the knockdown but wasn't able to keep up the work rate or intensity for 10 rounds. That was no issue however as he managed to control the action, with out needing to go into over-drive. In fact it wasn't until a huge effort in round 10 from the challenger that Kogawa looked in any trouble at all.
At the final bell it seemed like the challenger had given it a good shot but that his lasting highlight was the knockdown, which was never going to be enough by it's self to take the Japanese title from a fighter as good as Kogawa, who is expected to face Masayuki Kuroda next time out, in a fight in early 2016. That, like this one, is expected to be an action packed bout, though it's hard to bet against Kogawa who really is a criminally under-rated fighter.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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