6 Jan 2014

High kicks in the Japan rivalry showdown between Ryuji Kato and Tomonori

Rising star Ryuji Kato showed that he had Muay Thai world championship qualities when he scored a stunning TKO victory against national rival Tomonori in Japan.

Kato impressed with hard hook punches and head high kicks to win the WBC MUAYTHAI Interim International Fly Weight championship at the first minute of the second round.

Both fighters are famous for their stand-up combat ? both having won many titles - and there was great expectation for the showdown between Tomonori, the former WBC Muay Thai Japan Bantam Weight Champion and Kato, the reigning WBC Muay Thai Japan Fly Weight Champion, who had defended title twice.

The contest started with both fighters attacking with the low to middle leg kicks, and Kato?s powerful leg strikes were able to stop Tomonori?s forward attacks.

Tomonori was then stunned by a high kick to his neck, which knocked him down. When the fight resumed Kato moved into close range and landed left and right hooks that sent Tomonori onto the canvas. Another spinning head high kick had Tomonori reeling, but he was able to continue until the round ended.

But there was no reprieve for Tomonori in the second round and, when Kato landed another spinning kick at the 17th second, the fight was stopped with a TKO decision.

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