Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see the latest in the Asign Bee series of shows. Whilst the card was a pretty deep one there was one bout that really stood out on paper as real potential gem. That was a contest between Japanese and OPBF ranked Bantamweights Hiroaki Teshigawara (14-2-2, 8) [勅使河原 弘晶] and Keita Kurihara (9-5, 8) [栗原 慶太].
The bout lived up to the expectation that many fans had and was a war from the off, with both men letting their hands go with bad intent.
In the first two rounds it seemed like Teshigawara's extra experience at a higher level was the telling factor, with him taking those rounds on all 3 cards. In round 3 however Kurihara had a break through landing a vicious straight right hand on the counter that seemed to rock Teshigawara for a moment. It seemed like both men really found their groove in an exciting round 4, which saw bith raise their pace with some thrilling moments of back and forth.
In round 5 Teshigawara broke through, landing a series of heavy blows that left Kurihara helpless on the ropes and forced the referee to save him, ending what had been a mini-classic for the thrilled fans at the Japanese "holy land" of boxing.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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