Toma Kuroda stops Kazuki Miburo to win K-1 bantamweight Grand Prix
The 2021 K-1 World Grand Prix finally took place at the Yokohama Budokan on Sunday. The card featured an eight man bantamweight tournament with eight of the top Japanese fighters in the division.
Originally scheduled for May 23rd at Ota City Gymnasium in Tokyo the event was postponed and moved to a different venue after a state of emergency was declared. It was worth the wait for Toma Kuroda who emerged as the tournament winner after stopping two of his three opponents.
The final pitched Kuroda up against Kazuki Miburo. The former was seen as something of a dark horse coming into the tournament but he made short work of his opponent landing with a heavy straight left after just 30 seconds to finish the fight and win the tournament.
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Kuroda also had the easier run into the final, stopping Koji Ikeda in the second stanza of the quarter final with a jumping knee kick. He breezed through the semi-finals, taking aa unanimous decision win over Hinata Matsumoto.
Miburo had the harder run in, taking a majority decision win over Aoi Noda in the opening bout and then having to fight an extension round to win own points over Naoki Oomura in the semi final.
Best of the rest
The shows co-main event saw K-1 featherweight champion Tatsuya Tsubakihara face Shuhei Kumura in a non title bout. The title holder taking a comfortable unanimous points win.
Former K-1 Lightweight champion Kenta Hayashi, now fighting at super-lightweight put on a thrilling battle with Brazilian Vitor Tofanelli. The Japanese fighter survived two knockdowns and came from behind to drop Tofanelli three times in round two and win by TKO.