Right after a pair of kickboxing matches opened proceedings in Osaka, the initial MMA bout of the night time saw 43-12 months-old former 1 lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku experience 29-12 months-outdated Rikuto Shirakawa in a matchup that was contested nearly solely on the feet, and it was the young male who prevailed with an eye-catching knockout in the bout’s closing seconds.
Spherical 1 observed Boku (26-16-2) appear to preserve the heart of the ring, but it was Shirakawa (9-8-1) who was the aggressor as he blitzed in and out with weighty strikes, targeting the head and human body of the veteran. Boku, for his aspect, appeared material to tempo himself and work guiding his jab. But, other than some chopping leg kicks, he did not offer you much too a great deal else in the way of adhere to-up strikes.
Boku upped his output at the start out of Spherical 2 as he introduced his right hand driving his stable jab, when continuing to get the job done his leg kicks. Shirakawa, in the meantime, appeared to throw with bigger venum, but at moments appeared a little hesitant to let his photographs go. When he did, he scored effectively, notably with the still left hook to the body.
Regardless of getting 14 several years his opponent’s elder, Boku was the guy pushing the pace as the spherical came to an stop, and “No Face” completed the body with a thumping body shot that still left the more youthful person to acquire a deep breath at the stop of the spherical.
Both of those gentlemen traded body shots as Round 3 bought underway, as the two fighters appeared to sap each individual other’s gas tank, but the decisive second in the fight arrived when Shirakawa stepped up and switched his goal to the head. He dropped Boku with a stable ideal hand, then followed him to the mat and landed in the veteran’s guard. But a mixture of exhaustion and, most likely, regard for Boku’s ground match meant that Shirakawa presented very little offense from prime position and the battle was stood up by the referee with just one minute of the bout remaining.
The pair swung for the fences in the ultimate 60 seconds, and Shirakawa dropped Boku once once again with one more significant suitable. This time, as an alternative of next him to the mat, he unleashed a soccer kick to the downed veteran to close the present and declare a final-gasp knockout victory.
Boku’s defeat extended his winless run to 5, with his last victory coming back again in December 2017 in Just one Championship. Shirakawa, meanwhile, took his job higher than the .500 mark by registering his second straight earn of 2020, and his 1st underneath the Rizin FF banner, as he claimed the most significant-identify gain of his profession.