March 26, 2016
Previously unbeaten Japanese prospect, WBO#1/IBF#6/WBA#8 Takumi Sakae (13-1, 8 KOs), 104.75, tasted his first setback when he failed to win the Japanese national minimumweight belt from defending titlist Tatsuya Fukuhara (17-4-5, 4 KOs), 104.75, by losing a unanimous verdict (97-93 twice, 98-94) over ten see-saw rounds on Saturday in Kumamoto, Japan. Fukuhara, a more experienced southpaw though having lost to future world champ Yu Kimura and ex-amateur champ Takuma Inoue in his pro debut, had the upper hand with his better precision and smarter distribution of stamina. Sakae attempted to take the leadoff in earlier rounds, but consumed his energy to be fading in later rounds. Fukuhara, battering him upstairs and downstairs, kept piling up points steadily and maintained the initiative all the way.
Promoter: Honda Fitness Promotions.
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