To end an extremely busy weekend the action returned to the Sambo Hall in Kobe as Senrima Kobe Promotions put on their Senrima Kobe Festival Vol. 42.
The show, an 8 fight card, began as usual with the 4 rounders. These saw Kazuhiro Hirahara (1-4, 1) taking his first professional victory via a fourth round TKO over the still win-less Hiroaki Yoshitomi (0-5). Hirahara wasn't the only win-less fighting picking up their first victory as Kensuke Fujita (1-0-1) broke his duck with a split decision victory over the previous unbeaten Ken Chandra Kozuki (1-1).
Fujita wasn't the only man claiming a 4 round split decision as Yukitaka Nishida (4-7-2, 1) upset Shachihoko Dragons Keita (2-2, 1) in the one remaining 4 rounder.
Following the 4 rounders we then had two bouts that went 6 rounds as Shogo Takenaka (5-5, 2) out pointed Takayuki Morimoto (5-7, 3) and Munehito Kijima (5-4-1) managed to out point Hiroki Yamamoto (6-9-1, 1).
The closest bout was also one oif the biggest upsets on the show as Cyborg Nawatedani (6-2-2, 3) managed to take a split decision over the much more experienced Junichi Ebisuoka (23-17-5, 10). For Ebisuoka this was a fourth straight loss and the former world title challenger probably should be wondering what he has left to offer the sport, especially consider he turns 33 in just a few weeks time.
In the only other 8 rounder on the show Kyohei Tamakoshi (32-8-6, 12) did as he was supposed to and thoroughly out pointed the limited Hiroki Yoshimura (7-9, 4). Although just short of his 33rd birthday Tamakoshi, a 3 time Japanese title challenger will likely be looking for one more title tilt before calling an end to his his career.
Although the chief support bouts were both solid enough it was the main event that had the real interest of fans as Teiru Kinoshita (19-0-1, 3) defended his Japanese Super Flyweight title. Battling Ryuta Otsuka (13-6-2, 3), Kinoshita went out to an early lead before an accidental head injury forced the bout to be stopped in round 5, much to the chargrin of Otsuka who appeared to be coming on strong just prior to the stoppage.
We now expect Kinoshita to defend against Yohei Tobe in early 2014.
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