TOKYO -- Despite a scary encounter with a kick below the belt early
on, former Sengoku featherweight champion Masanori
Kanehara needed only one round to dispatch of Guam's Tony Reyes in
their bantamweight main event at
Deep Tokyo Impact 2012 inside Differ Ariake.
"When I got hit with the low blow I thought I was finished, but as
the main event fighter I knew I couldn't give up," said Kanehara
after the win, which moved him to 20-10-5 in his career. The
outmatched Reyes falls to 5-5 with the defeat.
The kick to the groin was the first significant strike of the
fight, coming only less than a minute into the bout. The original
Sengoku ace took his time recovering, but came out eager to pick up
the pace. The beginning of the end came when Reyes through a lazy
kick to the body and Kanehara countered with a hard right straight
that sent the Guamanian import reeling backwards. Reyes managed to
stay standing, but Kanehara chased him around the ring,
consistently landing hard right hands until one finally dropped
Paraestra Hachioji standout quickly pounced on Reyes and
attacked with hammer fists until Umeki stopped the action at the
After his victory, Kanehara confirmed that he's aiming for a
world-level win and a UFC contract, explaining this to be the
reason that Deep brought in a foreign fighter to face him.
Deep lightweight mainstay Juri Ohara
earned a first round knockout victory over ZST veteran Genki Osako.
Ohara used his superior reach to keep Osako at a distance and land
crisp 1-2 combinations. The lanky Ohara bloodied up Osako's face
before wobbling him with a stiff combination. The finishing blow
was a single right straight that put Osako to sleep at 4:04 of the
Kanehara wants a UFC deal.
In bantamweight action, Shooto veteran Naohiro
Mizuno fought his way to a Unanimous Decision win over Toshinori
Tsunemura. In round one, Mizuno controlled the fight on the
ground, latching onto a d'arce choke that Tsunemura eventually
escaped. In the second frame, the fight take place standing up as
Mizuno got the better of wild exchanges and stuffed Tsunemura's
takedown attempts. In the end, judges Oshiro, Umeki and Fukuda all
scored the bout in favor of Mizuno, who picked up his 10th career
Elsewhere, lightweight Kenjiro
Takahashi put in a dominant performance against Tsuyoshi
Kosaka pupil Ryosuke
Togashi. After three minutes of wild punching exchanges,
Togashi was tagged with a huge right hook that sent him to the
canvas. Takahashi followed through and pounded on his dazed
opponent, but Togashi somehow survived and returned to his feet
where Takahashi proceeded to chase him around the ring and clobber
him with huge haymakers. In the second round, Takahashi came out
ready to finish things and it took him only 18 seconds to do so.
Another huge hook sent Togashi to the canvas where Takahashi threw
in a few more punches before referee Kenichi
Serizawa pulled him off and stopped the fight.
Paraestra Matsudo's Hikaru
Hasumi took Katsuyoshi
Beppu to the final bell in a close featherweight bout. Cobra
Kai's Beppu controlled the early bout with takedowns and multiple
attempts at taking the back that were foiled by ring ropes. Beppu
eventually made it to mount, where he attempted an armbar, but was
cut short by the bell. In the second, Hasumi managed to fend of the
takedown attempts from Beppu and wobble him with multiple punch
combinations. After 10 minutes of action, judge Yoshinori
Umeki scored the bout for Beppu, though judges Serizawa and
Fukuda disgreed and gave the nod to Hasumi who took the split
Ishizuka made quick work of Yasufumi
Suzaki in their bantamweight matchup. Ishizuka quickly locked
up a triangle, eventually rolled his foe over and landing in a
mounted triangle. Instead of working to finish the submission,
however, Ishizuka chose to pound out his opponent, prompting
referee Moritaka Oshiro to step in at 2:58 of the first round.
In another bantamweight bout, Yuto Takemoto outpointed Hayato
Sakurai student Nobuhito
Irei after two rounds of fighting. The Laughter7 fighter
controlled the bout with takedowns and effective positioning,
taking mount in the first round and punishing Irei with punches.
Judges Serizawa and Oshiro saw the bout in Takemoto's favor, though
judge Umeki saw the fight as a draw.
In a foregone conclusion, Yusuke
Kanaeda earned his second career victory when he submitted
debuting Thai fighter Pakaasi
Weerasakreck with an arm-triangle choke at just 1:57 of the
Ashida and Yudai
Aoyama fought to a unanimous draw, while bantamweight Takashi
Soya earned a 46-second TKO over Takaaki
Lightweight Yuta Kaneko
also earned himself a first-round stoppage when he pounded out
Toriyama at 2:37.
In opening fight action,
Purebred Omiya's Luke Mori took
a unanimous decision over Yuji Arai,
bantamweight Shotaro Kaneda earned a unanimous decision win over
his opponent Yasuo
Munakata and flyweights Kenji
Yamanaka and Takahiro
Yoshida fought to a 10-minute unanimous draw.