The Heavyweight division isn't one we automatically associate with Japan but this past Monday saw one of the rarest occurrences in boxing history, a Japanese Heavyweight title fight. The bout, the first defense of the Heavyweight title by Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5) was an oddity on paper though proved to be an intriguing contest as Fujimoto took on #1 challenger Kotatsu Takehara (9-9-3, 4).
The bout started well for Fujimoto though in the later rounds he was very much looking like a tired fighter as Takehara came on strong. For the challenger however it was too little too late as he ran out of time and Fujimoto saw out a torrid tenth round to retain.
On the same show, dubbed "Japan's strongest I" there were six other contests. For us the most notable of those contests saw the promising Hiroki Okada (7-0, 7) stopping experienced Filipino Jaypee Ignacio (9-17-2, 2). Although Ignacio wasn't given much of a chance he had only been stopped twice in 27 previous contests, including an 8 rounder with Akinori Watanabe. Ignacio's reputation as a tough guy didn't do him any favours here however as Okada forced a stoppage in the eighth round.
Okada's fight was one of three over the 8 round distance. The others scheduled for 8 saw Yuya Sugizaki (18-9-1, 6) over coming a spirited effort from Keisuke Arima (8-9-1, 1) and Yasuyuki Akiyama (8-4-1, 7) taking a majority decision over Ryota Itoyama (10-5, 5).
On paper the Sugizaki/Arima bout looked like a mismatch but in the end Arima made a real fight of it and forced Sugizaki to really fight hard for the victory.
In one of the two 6 rounders Gosuke Seki (14-0-2, 3) scored a rare stoppage en route to defeating Hiroyuki Sagehashi (7-6-2, 1). Interestingly Sagehashi had never previously been stopped.
The other bout scheduled for 6 rounds saw the promising Kenji Kubo (3-2, 1) scoring his first stoppage as he defeated Taro Mochizuki (4-7, 4) in the third round. Although Kubo's record is less than stellar he has been matched very hard and there appears to be the belief that he has the potential to claim some sort of a title down the line. He will however need to be given time to develop his obvious natural talent.
Prior to all of those contests came the show's opening contest. This bout, a 4 rounder, lasted just 65 seconds as Masahito Oki (2-0, 2) swiftly took out the previous unbeaten Jun Ogawa (1-1) in the shortest bout of the show.
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