By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
As expected, knockout artists JBC#3 welterweight Jin Sasaki (12-1-1, 11 KOs), 142, and unbeaten ex-university amateur hard-puncher JBC#18 Kotaro Sekine (3-1, 3 KOs), 141.75, put on a grueling battle, both hit the deck and had the other on the verge of a knockout, and finally fought to a majority draw (56-56 twice, 57-55 for Sasaki) over a give-and-take six on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The 20-year-old dynamite Sasaki, former national youth super-light champ, swarmed over Sekine, 24, from the start and sent him sprawling to the deck at the closing seconds of the first round.
Sasaki kept swinging powerful, if not so accurate, punches to the still unstable opponent and took the initiative in the following two sessions. But Sekine, national Shinjin-o (novice king) tournament’s MVP winner last year, withstood the storm of the youngster and effectively fought back with precision in round four.
O quinto testemunhou o piso de Sekine, o agressor com um gancho de esquerda e quase teve a volta da maré então.Foi Sasaki que mostrou desesperadamente sua última onda e trocou fotos sólidas com o Sekine mais hábil até o sino final.
Cada um deles merece uma revanche para entreter a multidão novamente.
Promotor: Hachioji Nakaya Promoções.