Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see an OPBF Super Featherweight title bout. Although that title bout was the main event of the card it certainly wasn't the only bout of note on the card with the under-card being one of the most interesting Japanese cards of the year, at least on paper.
One of those notable bouts saw former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe (11-2-1, 7) [戸部洋平], dip his toes into the Bantamweight division as he took on Masaya Kohama (6-5-1, 3) [小浜雅哉]. Although Tobe was moving up in weight he looked like the puncher in the ring as he scored a 4th round TKO win against his younger foe. The 29 year old Tobe, who hadn't fought in Japan this year, started the bout by struggling to find his rhythm but in round 2 he seemed to click, despite being forced to take a big shot the following round. The right hand of Tobe however just ended up breaking Kohama down and forced the referee to step in.
In a very impressive showing Katsunori Nagamine (12-1, 6) [長嶺克則] quickly disposed of Yuki Yonaha (7-3, 5) [与那覇勇気], who was stopped 42 seconds into round 2. Nagamine proved to simply be too big, too strong and too powerful for Yonaha. Nagamine took control towards theend of the first round and forced the referee to save Yonaha after a series of full blood shots left him looking like a beaten man.
Another impressive win saw Tsubasa Koura (8-0, 5) [小浦翼] stop Filipino Bimbo Nacionales (14-12-1, 3) in 2 rounds. On paper this wasn't a huge win but the speed and performance were very impressive from Koura, who now has to consider moving towards a title fight.
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