Krush held the 3rd edition of its Krush-EX series this year, headlined by a 55kg #1 contender’s bout between Team Dragon’s Takumi and Katsuki Sasaki.
In the main event, Takumi and Katsuki Sasaki faced off in a rematch of a fight from 2010 with Takumi scoring a first round knockout at 2:31, earning a shot at current 55kg champion Shota Takiya and a chance to avenge his most recent loss on August 26th at Krush.22. Takumi (12-2-0, 5 KO) is on fire right now, winning 6 in a row and scoring 4 of his 5 career knockouts in the process. The 22 year old throws crisp combinations, is prolific with knees and is a decent counter puncher. However, for everything he’s gotten offensively out of Team Dragon, he’s also inherited their lack of defense and his open offensive style leaves him open to get hit, which will definitely be a problem against the heavy-handed Takiya. The last time the two fought was in the opening round of the Krush 55kg tournament and Takiya stopped Takumi with a front kick. I think Takumi has somewhat of a shot, as he has power, can put strikes together and isn’t slow by any means and Takiya isn’t the hardest person to hit, but it’s going to take everything falling in place for him to come out the new Krush champion. Sasaki (4-5-1, 4 KO) isn’t that great of a fighter at 55kg, but has the power to stop pretty much anyone at the weight and was put into this fight because of his 1st round KO of Ryuma Tobe. A fun fight for him would be against Nobuchika Terado, KO-ICHI or Namito Izawa.
Speaking of Terado, he took place in an exhibition bout against J-Network Super Flyweight champ Yuki after Yuki’s original opponent, SATOI, pulled out with an injury earlier in the week, leaving Krush no time to find a suitable replacement.
In a 55kg bout, Team Dragon prospect Namito Izawa was handed his second pro loss by Shibuya Scramble’s Yuya Suzuki, with Suzuki winning a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28 (x3). Suzuki dropped Izawa in the 2nd round with a right cross, which ended up being the deciding factor in the fight. This win throws his name in the hat at 55kg and could see him taking on Nobuchika Terado, Katsuki Sasaki, SATOI or Ryuma Tobe. Izawa has now dropped two in a row, the first two losses of his career, after losing to Nobuchika Terado in the main event of Krush-EX vol.1 earlier this year.
Finally, exciting 60kg fighter Yuji “Kyoken” Takeuchi announced that he would be returning to fight soon after being sidelined since his exciting rematch against Naoki Ishikawa back in September at Krush.12.
Quick Results after the break
55kg #1 Contender’s Fight: Takumi def. Katsuki Sasaki by 1st round KO (punches) at 2:31
55kg Fight: Yuya Suzuki def. Namito Izawa by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-28)
60kg Fight: Takeshi Watanabe def. Kotaro Shimano by 3rd round TKO (towel) at 0:52
60kg Fight: Syota Hayashi def. Masaru Kato by 1st round KO (right cross) at 0:32
55kg Fight: Yo-Hei def. Sho Ikeno by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)
60kg Fight: Leona Pettas def. Shota by 1st round KO (right cross) at 2:03
63kg Fight: Sho-masa- def. Kazuma by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-28)
55kg Fight: Keisuke Ishida def. Mizuoki Ohtaka by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-28, 30-28)