Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo had their first show of 2017, and it was a genuienly interesting one with two major bouts, the most significant of which featured a big puncher taking a major step up in class.
That big puncher was the unbeaten Yuki Beppu (14-0-1, 14) [別府 優樹], who was looking to tie the Japanese KO record. Beppu was battling against former OPBF and JBC unified Light Middleweight champion Charles Bellamy (26-3-2, 17) in what was a massive step up in class for the youngster.
On paper the bout was a test of two things, whether or not Beppu really was a dynamite fisted monster, or whether he was a man simply slicing through over-matched foes. As it turned out Beppu isn't the next Gennady Golovkin, but he also isn't a terrible fighter. In fact today Beppu proved he was a fighter with potential as he fought to a draw with Bellamy.
The fight started well for Beppu who took the first two rounds on all 3 card. From then on though the youngster began to struggle, with one judge giving all 6 other rounds to Bellamy. Despite one judge strongly favouring Bellamy the other two judges had it close, with Beppu doing enough on one card to eek a one point win whilst the third judge had the bout even.
The youngster showed real hunger early but his aggression was blunted by the tough and talented Bellamy who saw out the early storm and fought back hard. Although Beppu did fail to tie the Japanese record the youngster did appear to not be too disheartened with his performance, taking a lot of positives from it and seemed to be aware of the learning aspects of the bout, including proving he can fight for 8 round and can take a good shot. The result might not set the world alight, but for the youngster it was a result that proved he could go places.
For Bellamy the result won't have been the best, but he showed he can still hang, and he will feel perhaps that two of the judges were watching a different fight to the one he was in. He'll be back, and he'll be back to winning ways soon, but will have nothing to regret here with this set back.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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