Japanese talent on The Path
to the World Championship

14 Oct 2010

The best of Japanese Muaythai talent went on stage in the Tokyo Dome Arena Complex for The Path to the World Champion 2010 on 29 October.

A 9 card spectacular of classic Muaythai contests for the Japanese national titles were fought in accordance to WBC MUAYTHAI rules and regulations, and the aspiring world champions had the packed audience inside Korakuen Hall enthralled for hours.

In all, 7 weight divisions for the Japanese Championships resulted a showdown between the various federations and promotions of Muaythai in Japan.

The main event saw Kunitaka, the International Super Batamweight Champion of WBC MUAYTHAI, fight against the top Chinese national champion Li Ning Ning.

For the first three rounds both fighters used all their weapons that included elbow strikes. Li was cut in an accidentally head exchange but fought on bravely despite the constant press of Kunitaka?s pressure tactics.

Kunitaka gradually gained the ascendancy and won with a body blow that ended the contest in the 4th round

In other championship contests:

Fight # 8 Japan Light Weight Championship
Rashata versus Masahiro Fujiwara
Rashata unanimous points decision

Fight # 7 Japan Bantam Weight Championship
Arashi Fujihara versus Noboru Yamamoto
Noboru overwhelmed in the fourth round forcing the referee to stop the contest.

Fight # 6 Japan Super Light Weight Title Match
Yuki Yamamoto versus Seiji Takahashi
Takahashi became the new Champion in the fourth round when Takahashi landed a right kick to the body and Yuko was hit by his own elbow caused from the backspin kick. A split points decision after five rounds saw the result go to the more experienced Yamamoto.

Fight #4?Japan Super Feather Weight Championship
Turbo versus Yoshinori Nakasuka
An exciting contest over all five rounds saw Nakasuka became champion by split decision.

Fight # 3 Japan Super Bantam Weight Championship
Genji Umeno versus Eggarato.
Punch and elbows exchanged in a tight contest that saw Umeno take the championship with a unanimous points decision.

Fight # 2 Japan Fly Weight Title Match
Naoki Otsuki versus Ryuji Kato
Otsuki successfully defended the title against southpaw Kato. Fast finishing Otsuki outlasted Kato in the vital final round.

Fight # 1 Japan Welter Weight Challenger match
Yuya Yamato versus Ikki
At 2.05 minute of the first round Yuya?s high kick sent Ikki to the canvas for a KO victory. The 19 years old Yuya will next challenge Miyakoshi who competed in the ?Thai Fight? tournament in Bangkok.

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