On Monday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (23-6-4, 16) [位○高橋 竜也] claim a fifth successive win as he scored a wide decision victory over the tough, but limited, Masahide Shinabe (7-14-2, 3) [品部 正秀].
Takahashi, who first came to our attention in 2014 when he fought Kenataro Masuda in a thriller Japanese title fight, took control of this early on and by the end was the clear winner, with Shinabe bleeding and badly swollen by the end of the contest.
Shinabe tried his best, and had his moments, but was unable to ever build much in terms of momentum with Takahashi always asserting himself as and when needed.
Following the win Takahashi stated that his next goal was to win a Japanese title, making it clear that he fancied his chances at winning the belt. If he gets his way it may mean that a rematch with Masuda could take place later this year, and trust us when we say we are excited about that possibility.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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