Earlier today Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (15-1-1, 4) recorded the second defense of his title with a clear decision win over the heavy handed but limited Taiki Minamoto (10-5, 9).
Oguni started well boxing and moving, using his sharp jab and keeping Minamoto from landing his power shots. The challenger knew he was going to lose a boxing contest but he continued to look confident as he hunted a 1-punch KO of the champion. The search for a KO punch saw Minamoto have some success but not enough to really trouble the champion, despite the challenger claiming a couple of rounds.
After 5 rounds the judges had the bout scored 48-47 and 49-46, twice. From then on though Minamoto's aggressiveness started to wane, he was beginning to look heavier on his feet and it was as if the search for a KO had taken more from him than the champion. Minimaoto had a second win in round 7, highlight with an assault in the corner, but that was as good as it got for the challenger in the second half of the fight.
The final few rounds saw the champion again control the pace and action of the bout with his skills, movement and jab. The clear boxing of Oguni had done more than enough to secure the decision with the judges awarding him the bout with scores of 97-93, twice and 98-93.
(Image courtesy of boxngnews.jp)
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