The career of former OPBF and Japanese Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (30-8-2, 9) [加藤 善孝] looks to be hanging by a thread this evening, following a loss earlier today to the fast rising Shuichiro Yoshino (4-0, 2) [吉野 修一郎].
From the opening round Yoshino looked like an experienced professional, using his jab well, controlling the distance and moving around the ring, keeping Kato at a safe range. By round 3 it was clear that Kato had to change things up, and that's what he began to do, having a couple of good rounds.
Sadly for the veteran his success was short lived with Yoshino adjusting and holding his feet more, fighting fire with fire. Kato cntinued to have some moments, but they were few and far between with the veteran always looking like the less fighter, with some suggesting he was looking like an old and faded warrior.
In round 8 Kato went all out, trying to change the fight around in the final part of the bout. That however failed to reap the rewards Kato was hoping for, and saw Yoshino show real class as he handled the former champion with relative ease.
At the end of 8 rounds Yoshino was the clear winner, with scores of 80-72, 78-75 and 77-75.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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