Krush held the 6th installment of their 2012 Krush-EX series, headlined by the promotion’s inaugural 67kg fight as well as a fight between 63kg prospects Hiroto Yamaguchi and Atsushi Ogata.
In the main event, Makihira Keita earned a unanimous decision over RISE product Koetsu on scores of 30-28 and 30-29(x2) to win the first 67kg Krush fight. Keita is now 2-1-1 on the year, most recently losing to Masaaki Noiri. With the win, Keita will likely get placed into 67kg tournament that is set to start in January, however that’s not the best news for him as the tournament already boasts stars Yuta Kubo, Yuji Nashiro, Yuya Yamamoto and Shintaro Matsukura.
In the co-main event, DEEP*KICK 65kg champ and 2012 Youth GP semifinalist Hiroto Yamaguchi scored a 1st round KO of Atsushi Ogata, scoring 3 knockdowns and forcing a referee stoppage. Yamaguchi improves to 5-2 on the year with the losses coming to SHIGERU and Koya Urabe, while he has managed to pick up wins over fellow prospects Minoru Kimura, Taito and now Ogata. Since scoring an upset KO of Toshiki Taniyama back in July, Ogata has now lost two in a row by KO, most recently losing to Seiji Takahashi in September.
Also on this card was Hiroya’s younger brother Taiga making his pro debut and scoring a 3rd round KO of Ryota. The fight took place at 55kg, but Taiga is only 16, so expect him to continue to move up in weight as he grows. He will probably settle around 60-63kg in a couple years, so hopefully he has the same offensive talent as his brother and can be another addition to a stacked, young Lightweight division.
Krush returns on December 14th with the big Team Dragon 10th anniversary card featuring a 60kg title fight between Hirotaka Urabe and Naoki Ishikawa, Koya Urabe vs Karim Bennoui and Ryuji Kajiwara vs Ikki.
Quick results after the break
67kg Fight: Makihira Keita def. Kotetsu by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-29, 30-28)
63kg Fight: Hiroto Yamaguchi def. Atsushi Ogata by 1st round KO (3 knockdowns) at 2:50
70kg Fight: Ren Takeno def. D-Hirokatsu Matsumura by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-29, 30-29, 29-28)
60kg Fight: Kotaro Shimano def. SATOI by 3rd round KO (left hook) at 0:46
63kg Fight: Kazuhito Hara def. Hitoshi Aketo by 3rd round Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-28)
60kg Fight: Rukiya def. Go Kato by 3rd round Majority Decision (30-28, 29-28, 28-28)
55kg Fight: Taiga def. Ryota by 3rd round KO (head kick) at 1:20
70kg Fight: Kazunari Kimura def. Sousui Nakamura by 2nd round KO at 2:46