Earlier today fans in Japan got the chance to see the wonderful Portopia Hotel make it's debut as a boxing venue. Unfortunately however the venue didn't manage to inspire Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1, 3) to a career defining victory, instead it hosted Kinoshita's first professional loss as he was dominated by South Africa's talented and heavy handed Zolani Tete (19-3, 16).
The bout, which was aired on Sky A Sports in Japan was one we've not been able to see though all the reports we've read basically say the same thing. Kinoshita was bad beaten and suffered from a number of issues, not least his lack of power, lack of a game plan and an inability to get beyond the significant size differential.
The problems were apparently evident from the off when Tete landed a lang rangy jab from the southpaw stance and showed that he had the skill, size and speed to pick off Kinoshita from distance. Kinoshita tried to fight back but we've been informed that it was clear at that point that he had no answer to Tete who continued to fight at a distance doing as he wished.
Although Tete, knowing he was fighting in the same place that Kinoshita works a day job, knew he could have been on the rough end of the judges if it was close he really never had that issue arise in a bout that was simply too one sided to even think about giving to the home fighter.
For the vast part of the bout Kinoshita was more pre-occupied in trying to avoid the dangerous left hand of Tete than actually attacking and when he did attack his punches fell short far too often, leaving himself open to counters which came regularly from both the straight lefts and jabs of the South African.
Sadly for Kinoshita, a former Japanese national champion, this was a step too far though it was an opportunity that he'd have been not to take.
For those wondering the views of the Japanese press, we dare say that Boxingnews.jp summed it up with the phrase "Tei sato ga kanpai", effectively Kinoshita "was hammered". To his credit though not many people last the schedule with Tete and hat's what Kinoshita did, despite losing a lop sided decision with scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.
This was the first IBF Super Flyweight title bout since Daiki Kameda's controversial bout with Liborio Solis late last year. That bout caused the Kameda gym to be stripped of their license and later forced Daiki to vacate the belt.
(Image courtesy of Senrima Kobe)
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