Changing Tour Over! New Middleweight KOP Born
The final event of Pancrase’s 2009 Changing Tour took place in Japan today and from some reports, it was entertaining.
In the semi main event of the evening, Ryo Kawamura returned from his very disappointing loss to Fabio Silva in SENGOKU to take on Shunsuke Inoue from Yoshida Dojo. Kawamura defended his title (30-29, 30-30, 30-28) in a fight which apparently was close and very entertaining.
In the main event of the evening, Izuru Takeuchi put his Middleweight KOP title on the line against the much improved Ichiro Kanai (from the ism gym like Kawamura). Kanai won in what is reported to have been another very close fight (30-30, 30-29, 30-29) to become the new Middleweight KOP. Kanai started his career with a 3-8-3 record, but is now 8-2 in his last 10 fights.
Kawamura looked to be more happy that Kanai won than his own successful defence. The other ism people there also looked very happy.
The first fight for the first event of Pancrase’s 2010 Passion Tour on February 7th was announced at the event. Champion Mitsuhisa Sunabe will take on Kiyotaka Shimizu in a Flyweight title fight.