Once again their was action in Yemen as the Yemen Boxing Federation Gym hosted an 8 bout show, the seventh show at the venue inside a month.
Of the bouts on the card 6 were scheduled for the 4 round distance. Surprisingly only 1 of those bouts actually went the full distance as Khaled Maweri (1-1) took a majority decision over Rashad Horun (0-2).
Of the other bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, 2 finished inside a round. One of those, lasting just 111 seconds, saw Sharaf Montaser (3-0, 3) scoring his 3 victory of the year as he took out Ibrahim Azzani (0-2), the other saw Moxamad Abdu (3-1, 2) bounce back from his sole loss by stopping Saad Lukman (0-2).
Two of the other other bouts scheduled for 4 rounds were over in the second. These saw a victory for Othman Qasim (4-1, 1) who stopped the debuting Saleh Sufyan (0-1) and Alwan Hawshabi (2-1, 1) who also stopped a debutant in the form of Ahmed Qahali (0-1).
The other contest schedule for 4 reached the final round before Munir Abdulqadir (2-0, 1) stopped Ramzi Ahmed (0-2).
The most well matched bout on the show saw Esam Aunfi (2-1) narrowly out pointing Luway Jaber (1-2) in a thoroughly competitive bout over the 10 round distance. The bout, perfectly matched on paper was competitive through out with Aunfi just doing enough to claim the victory.
As well as the Aunfi/Jaber match there was another 10 round bout as Abdu Sameer (4-0) surprisingly out pointed Yaser Ali (3-1, 3). This bout, the most notable one on the card, saw us admittedly being a little shocked, though it was a pleasant shock more than anything and well done to Ali.
It wasn't just in Yemen that we had action, but also in Japan at the B Class Tournament final.
The contest of the day was in the Bantamweight division as Yasaku Kuga (6-1-1, 4) and former amateur standout Naoto Uebayashi (3-0-1, 2) fought to a majority draw in a compelling contest. Despite the draw the Kuga was declared the tournament winner due to claiming the victory on the third card.
In the Flyweight division the unbeaten Yuta Matsuo (5-0, 3) took a very narrow split decision over former rival Taro Oikawa (2-2, 2). These two had fought each other on their debut with Matsuo scoring a 3rd round TKO, this time around there was very little to split the two fighters.
At Super Flyweight former amateur star Yoichi Ide (1-1, 1) was surprisingly stopped by Shohei Kikuzato (9-1, 4). Kikuzato proved too strong and too powerful for Ide was was down several times en route to a 3rd round TKO stoppage defeat. Whilst it's certainly not great to be stopped so early in his career it does need to be said that Kikuzato was a big test for such an inexperienced professional.
Unfortunately the Lightweight bout between Tatsuya Miyazaki (8-4-1, 8) and Kazuhiro Miura (7-2) doesn't appear to have taken place with Miyazaki apparently abstaining from the competition.
The Featherweight division saw Kosuke Saka (8-1, 5) defeating Katsuya Sato (5-6, 1) in dominant fashion. The bout looked a mismatch on paper and proved to be just as one sided in the ring as Sato had more people applauding his resilience than anything else he really did in the ring.
Kazuhiro Nakamura (8-4, 3) claimed the Minimumweight crown as he stopped Shinya Matsukawa (7-8-1, 1) in the 5th and final round of their contest. The bout ended with the towel coming in from Matsukawa's corner after their man had been dropped from a left hook.
In the Super Featherweight division Ribo Takahata (9-3-1, 2) took a clear decision over Nozomu Kikuchi (6-4) winning pretty much every round of of the contest.
The first of the shows B Class tournament final bouts saw Kota Sato (9-4-1, 4) taking the the crown with a very narrow majority decision victory over Wataru Miyasaka (7-2-1, 2). This victory was not only a major one in relation to the Class B tournament but also a huge one for Sato in a persona basis as he avenged a loss from earlier this year.
The showed opened with Hikaru Akutsu (2-0, 1) stopping Seigo Takeuchi (1-1-1) inside a round. This bout was soon followed with a stoppage victory for Taichi Kimura (1-1, 1) who defeated the debuting Akira Hitoshi Mimura (0-1) in just 2 rounds.
The final bout before the B class contests was a bout from the "East Rookie of the Year" competition in which Ryuta Nakajima (5-1-1, 4) defeated Shun Shimazaki (5-4, 1) in a close and engaging majority decision. The bout, viewed by many as one of the best Rookie qualifying bouts this year was fantastic from the opening bell to right through to the final bell.
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