In the third Japanese card of the week Watanabe put on an 8 fight card at the Korakuen Hall.
The show kicked off, like most shows, with a series of 4 round contests. These all went to decision with only Yuki Matsudo (3-1, 1) taking a unanimous decision as he over-came Yuito Yamaguchi (3-3, 1) in a clear result. The other two bouts were much closer with the unbeaten Kei Iwahara (2-0, 1) took a very narrow split decision over Tetsuya Seshimo (1-3, 2) and Shoma Sekine (1-1-2) defeated Shingo Okada (1-1) by majority decision.
Following the trio of 4 round contests we then had bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. These saw Hiroki Okubo (5-4, 4), going the distance for the first time in his career, defeating Tsubasa Matsudo (4-8-4, 1) in a narrow unanimous decision. The other 6 round contest saw a very surprising result as the tough Ken Achiwa (8-11-2, 2) suffered he first stoppage loss. Achiwa was stopped in the third round by Kenta Nakagawa (6-2, 4) who recored his fourth straight early victory.
Whilst Nakagawa was expected to defeat Achiwa stopping him is highly impressive considering the fact Achiwa had gone the distance with Yohei Tobe and Yuki Nasu.
In the first of 3 main events we saw Takuya Watanabe (19-4-1, 7) stopping veteran Hiroshi Kashihara (7-14-2, 3) in the the seventh round of a scheduled 8. This is likely the last contest for the soon to be 37 year old Kashihara whilst Watanabe will be hunting a second Japanese title fight having fallen short last year.
The second of main events saw Toru Chiba (15-8-1, 11) ending a 6 fight losing streak as he over-came Takejiro Kato (27-13-4, 13) via a clear decision. Kato had no answer to the straight lefts that Chiba was throwing and as a result suffered his second successive loss havign been stopped by Teerachai Kratingdaenggym last time out.
The final contest of the show saw Shin Ono (16-5-2, 2) making a successful return to the ring following a tendon injury. Ono managed to clearly beat the game Kazuaki Moriya (11-5, 1). Ranked highly by the WBC and WBO Ono will likely be focussing on a world title fight, though may seek to claim the OPBF title that was unfortunately stripped from him as he recovered from his injury.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.