The second notable card of the week occured in Japan, just a day after the "46th Phoenix Battle".
Dubbed "Hopeful Fight Vol 14" fans were in attendance not just for title action bu the comeback of a recent world title challenger. Instead "Hopeful Fight Vol 14" became more of a disappointment than anything else with the two main contests ending early with the always unsatisfactory ending of a technical decision whilst the rest of the card was unmemorable to say the least.
The show began with a trio of 4 round contests. These saw Ryo Iwatate (1-0) scoreing a decision victory over Ryo Nakano (0-1) in an all debutant contest; Takashi Hisano (2-3, 1) scoring a second victory TKO victory over the previously unbeaten Hayato Kai (1-1-1) and Isami Kimoto (1-2) claiming his victory as he defeated Motoharu Watanabe (0-2) by decision.
Following the shortest bouts we had a trio of bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. These began with two male contests which lasted a combined 7 rounds. The shorter of those two bouts saw Daisuke Furuhashi (15-5, 6) taking out Masami Morisaki (8-10-1, 4) at the very end of the second round. In the other bout male contest scheduled for 8 Hikaru Nishida (9-6-1, 3) defeated the somewhat fragile Go Nakahori (17-12-1, 8), a man who has now been stopped 11 times, including his last 3 straight contests.
Following the two male 8 round contests we then got a female bout as Riyo Togo (11-5-1. 9) battled rival Kimika Miyoshi (8-7-1, 3) for the OPBF Female Bantamweight title. This, this fifth meeting between two women, was seen as a chance for Miyosho to level their rivalry at 2-2-1, instead however Togo proved that Miyoshi's sole victory, in their fourth bout together, was a fluke.
Following the female title bout we got a second successive fifth round technical decision as the world ranked Masayuki Kuroda (21-4-3, 13) was unexpectedly held to a draw by the tough Hyobu Nakagama (16-11-4, 11). The bout, Kuroda's first since his loss to Juan Carlos Reveco in a WBA world title fight, wasn't great and Kuroda looked rusty from the off. A clash of heads in round 5 brought us to an early conclusion with two of the judges turning in scoredcards of 48-48 to give us a draw.
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