Earlier today fans in Fukuoka had the chance to see a Japanese Minimumweight title fight.
The fight in question saw defending champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (17-4-5, 6) [福原 辰弥] record the first defense of his title as he over-came the previously unbeaten Takumi Sakae (13-1, 8) [榮 拓海] with a clear 10 round decision.
From the off the fight was a war with both fighters letting their hands go from the opening bell. Early on that seemed to favour Sakae, slightly, but he was never able to really get the lead that he would want and Fukuhara refused to go away, despite suffering a cut from an accidental butt.
The fact Sakae was unable to establish a clear lead was a big problem in the second half of the fight as Fukuhara's impressive engine allowed him to over-turn the slight deficit and establish a lead for himself, a lead that he kept to the final bell.
At the final bell their was little shock about the winner, with Fukuhara getting a very well earned unanimous decision, with scores of 97-93, twice, and 98-94. Its a win that could lead the champion to getting himself a shot at a world title later in the year. Sadly for Sakae, who entered the bout ranked #1 by the WBO, this is a massive setback, but one he can certainly bounce back from.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!