A new week of boxing kicked off on Monday at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The show, promoted by Kawashima Promotions featured 7 bouts and whilst some went they way they were expected to, we did see one or two upsets.
The show kicked off with a 4 round decision victory for Yudai Hata (1-1) who managed a unanimous decision over Shingo Kusanagi (1-2, 1). All 3 judges for the fight scored it 39-37, suggest that the right man here certainly won, rightfully got his first victory.
On the show's second contest Super Flyweight Tatsuo Sakamoto (3-1-1, 3) made light work of Kenji Akabane (2-6, 1) scoring a 2nd round knockout to again show off his hurtful power. This was followed by the final 4 round contest which saw Naoki Akagi (2-2-2, 1) taking a majority decision over Tomohiro Seo (3-6) in the Minimumweight division.
The first upset on the show saw the previously unbeaten Ryuto Araya (5-1-1) being out pointed over 6 rounds by Hideto Miyoshi (6-2-1, 4). It was expected that if Miyoshi was going to win it would be down to his power but instead he took a competitive but fair decision. This was one of two 6 round bouts on the card with the other seeing Tomoyuki Omura (7-3, 3) out pointing Suguru Kamada (4-3, 4) in a relatively clear decision.
In the Super Flyweight division the fragile Takayasu Kobayashi (16-7-3, 2) suffered his 6th suffered his 6th stoppage loss as Shinichiro Morikawa (13-4-1, 9) stopped him in the 7th round. This bout, scheduled for 8, saw Morikawa scoring his second successive victory after being stopped himself by Jecker Buhawe, it was also Kobayahi's 4th successive loss, and 5th loss in 7.
The biggest upset, at least for us, came in the main event as 28 year old punched Toshio Arikawa (8-3, 7) was out pointed by journeyman Yasuhiro Okawa (10-11-3, 3). The result was a shock just looking at it on paper but with Okawa entering after more than 2 years out it's just a remarkable return to the ring for a man many thought was done.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.