In Japan this past Monday fans were treat to an explosive night of action at Dangan 85 the final Japanese show this October.
The show began with two bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance. These saw the previously win-less Shintaro Hirohama (1-1-1, 1) inflicting the first defeat on to the record of Takeshi Yamagata (1-1-1) courtesy of a second round TKO and Tatsuya Tsuge (2-2, 1) leveling off his record with a decision of the still win-less Naoya Ota (0-2-1).
Following the two short bouts we then moved into the 6 round distance as the hard hitting Yusaku Kuga (7-1-1, 4) was taken close by the tough but light hitting Taishi Torimoto (10-5-3, 1). The bout, which was scored 58-57 by two of the three judges, was probably a fight that should have gotten a draw though few will expect much major to come from these two men.
Amazingly after two decisions from the first three contests the rest of the card lasted just 13 rounds, with almost half of those coming in the bout between Tatsuya Yanagi (10-0, 4) and Kazuhiro Miura (7-3). The unbeaten Yanagi took 6 rounds to stop Miura, who had never previously been stopped though had admittedly only been beyond 4 rounds twice.
Whilst Yanagi took 6 rounds to stop Miura, Hiroki Sato (7-4, 5) took just 155 seconds to see off Yuzuru Koizumi (8-7, 2) in what was the shortest contest of the show. Although Sato took out Koizumi in a round he wasn't that much quicker than Masahiro Ishida (13-5-2, 7) who stopped Ryosuke Kinoshita (9-9-1, 3) in the second round.
In the main event the very talented Shinya Iwabuchi (22-4, 18) stopped the over-matched Koichi Ogawa (9-4-1, 4). Iwabuchi, fighting for the first time since losing in an OPBF title to Min-Wook Kim, did drop down several levels for this bout but will be very happy to get back to winning ways.
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