Belts on The Line
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Who won Kimura vs Tanaka?
Kosei Tanaka beat Sho Kimura by majority decision in their 12 round contest on Monday 24th September 2018 at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena in Aichi.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 115-113, 114-114 in favor of winner Kosei Tanaka.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 112 pounds (8 stone or 50.8 KG).
This contest was for the WBO flyweight championship of the world.
Kimura vs Tanaka stats
Back in September 2018, Kosei Tanaka stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 11 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Sho Kimura made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws, with 10 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Tanaka had a slight advantage in power over Kimura, with a 64% knock out percentage over Kimura's 59%.
Kosei Tanaka was the younger man by 7 years, at 23 years old.
Both Kosei Tanaka & Sho Kimura fought out of an orthodox stance.
Tanaka's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Kimura's, having had 9 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 6 months later than Kimura, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 30 more professional rounds, 161 to Kimura's 131.
Sho Kimura was ranked number 1 by the WBO in the 112lb division.
Kimura vs Tanaka form
Kimura had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Froilan Saludar on 27th July 2018 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Qingdao Guosen Gymnasium, Qingdao, China.
Previous to that, he had won against Toshiyuki Igarashi on 31st December 2017 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan.
Going into that contest, he had beat Shiming Zou on 28th July 2017 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China.
Before that, he had defeated Wisitsak Saiwaew on 13th May 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong S.A.R., China.
He had won against Masahiro Sakamoto on 23rd November 2016 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Sumiyoshi SportsCenter, Osaka, Japan.
Tanaka's last 3 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.7 rounds on average.
Kimura's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 10 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.
What time did Kimura vs Tanaka start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:00 AM UTC at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi, Japan, which was 4:00 AM EST or 1:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 9:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Kimura vs Tanaka?
The fight was broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.
What were the odds on Kimura vs Tanaka?
Kosei Tanaka was a 61/100 (-160) favourite going into the contest, while Sho Kimura made his way into the ring at 61/50 (+120) with oddsmakers.