Krush.20 took place yesterday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, headlined by a 60kg title fight.
In the night's main event, Krush 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe defended his title against 60kg tournament winner Fumiya Osawa by 1st round KO at 2:48. Urabe scored with a spinning back kick to Osawa's body that dropped the challenger and left him unable to get up. Urabe (15-5-2, 9 KO) is now undefeated in his last 8 and has won 3 straight since fighting Naoki Ishikawa to a draw in his first title defense. He could see himself facing Ishikawa for a third time in a future title defense. Osawa (7-8-1, 2 KO) rebounded from a 4-fight winless streak by winning the Krush 60kg tournament with wins over Makoto Morishige, Yuya and Katsuya Goto. A good fight for him would be against Kan Itabashi to see where he stands in the division.
In the co-main event, Yuya Yamamoto was shut out by Zaurus Asami, losing a unanimous decision on scores of 30-28(x3). Yamamoto (33-23-1, 11 KO) has been horribly inconsistent throughout his career and has now lost three straight, being knocked out by Yuji Nashiro and Xu Yan in his last 2 outings. This is a huge loss and another setback for him. Asami (9-8-1) gets the biggest win of his career and some momentum after going 1-4 in his 5 fights heading into this.
In first bout of the 4th leg of the Krush Wildrush League, current league leader Hideaki Yamazaki knocked out Naoki Terasaki just 24 seconds into the fight with a left hook. The knockout gives Yamazaki 9 points with just one fight left and puts him in a very good position to win the tournament. The second and third placed fighters Hitoshi Tsukagoshi and Yukimitsu Takahashi have 5 and 4 points, respectively, and face off at Krush.21 on August 12th and the winner is the only person left with a realistic shot at taking the lead from Yamazaki. Should it be Takahashi, he and Yamazaki face off in the final leg of the league.
At 63kg, Hiroya was able to stop fellow Krush Youth Tournament participant Daizo Sasaki with low kicks at 2:43 of the 3rd round. Both fighters had lost 3 in a row heading into this bout with Hiroya (11-5-0, 6 KO) losing to Masaaki Noiri, Naoki and most recently Krush 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara, and Sasaki losing to Noiri, Kengo Sonoda and Atsushi Ogata. This is a bounce back win for Hiroya and a good next fight for him might be a rematch with Sho Ogawa, depending on when the Krush Youth tournament begins this year.
Finally, at 70kg, TOMOYUKI picked up an extension round decision win over Shintaro Matsukura, winning on all 3 cards after judges ruled a draw on scores of 29-28, 29-29 and 30-30. Tomoyuki first made a name for himself earlier this year, upsetting then Krush 70kg champion Kenta in his first fight of 2012 and has gone 2-1 since then, with the loss to MA Kick champ Kazuya Takeda. Matsukura (5-6-0, 4 KO) had just ended a 3-fight losing streak with a win back in June. After his upset of Yuya Yamamoto, Matsukura has been rather pedestrian, going 1-4, though losing a split, majority and now extension round decision along the way.
Quick results after the break
60kg Title Fight: Hirotaka Urabe (c) def. Fumiya Osawa by KO (spinning back kick) at 2:48
70kg fight: Zaurus Asami def. Yuya Yamamoto by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-28)
63kg WILDRUSH League Fight: Hideaki Yamazaki def. Naoki Terasaki by 1st round KO (left hook) at 0:24
63kg Fight: HIROYA def. Daizo Sasaki by 3rd round KO (leg kicks) at 2:43
70kg Fight: TOMOYUKI def. Shintaro Matsukura by Ext. round Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) after a 3rd round Majority Draw (29-28, 30-30, 29-29)
70kg Fight: Takuro Moriya def. Ichiyo Morimoto by Ext. round Unanimous Decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) after a 3rd round Majority Draw (29-29, 29-29, 29-30)
70kg Fight: Masaru DHIRO Matsumura and Shingo fought to a 3rd round Unanimous Draw (30-30, 30-30, 29-29)
63kg Fight: Shota Shirai and Sho-masa- fought to a 3rd round Unanimous Draw (30-30, 30-30, 30-30)
55kg Fight: Masanori Shimada def. Akira Masuda by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (29-26, 29-25, 29-25)
55kg Fight: Ryuji Horio and Hiroshi Kamada fought to a 3rd round Split Draw (29-29, 28-30, 30-29)
70kg Fight: Kazuya Akimoto def. Takehiko Saito by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-28, 30-29)