Some bouts promise nothing but deliver big style, whilst others promise a lot but deliver little. We'll admit that we expect a lot when we heard that Hiroki Shiino would be defending his OPBF title against Ryosuke Iwasa. It was, on paper, a great bout between two talented and heavy handed Bantamweights who both wanted to score a big win to move towards a world title fight.
Unfortunately the bout really failed to catch fire like we had hoped. It seemed that both men feared the power of their opponent and both were happy to look for counter shots whilst boxing very cautiously with only a handful of genuine bombs landed between them. Despite the pace of the bout for the most part there was always the danger that 1-punch change the bout in an instant and it was this tense feeling that meant you couldn't really look away for long.
Thankfully when the end came it was worth it with some bombs reigning in forcing the referee to step in. Although the fight failed up to expectation it was still a more than acceptable contest between to talented and promising fighters with bright futures ahead of them.
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