Kaito Ozawa (KRUSH/Krush-gp)

KRUSH.68 Results: Ozawa Defends, Noiri Stops Pengfei

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Japanese kickboxing promotion, KRUSH, returned to the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan for KRUSH.68.

In the main event of the evening, KRUSH 58-kilogram champion Kaito Ozawa returned to the promotion following his defeat against the No. 1-ranked 55-kilogram kickboxer in the world, Takeru, at the K-1 World GP 65-kg World Tournament. Ozawa defended his title for the first time against Takeru’s training partner, Tatsuya Oiwa.

In the evening’s co-main event, top-10 ranked featherweight Masaaki Noiri returned to KRUSH following a semifinal loss to Kaew Weerasakreck in the K-1 World GP 65-kilogram world tournament. Noiri was scheduled to fight fellow top-10 featherweight Ilias Bulaid before other obligations forced him to withdraw from the upcoming bout. Noiri knocked out WLF 2015 67-kilogram tournament quarterfinalist, Pengfei Wang.


In a special exhibition bout, two of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters collided in a two-minute, two-round exhibition bout. The world’s top-ranked featherweight Kaew Weerasakreck took on the world’s best 55-kilogram kickboxer, Takeru.

The event aired live at 3 a.m. on Nico Nico TV.

Kaito Ozawa def. Tatsuya Oiwa by extra round decision – 58-kilogram championship
Masaaki Noiri def. Pengfei Wang by knockout. Round 1, 1:37
Hisaki Higashimoto def. Taito by knockout. Round 2, 2:20
Takeru vs. Kaew Weerasakreck (Fairtex) – Special Exhibition
Ryuji Horio def. Masafumi Kurasaki by knockout. Round 3, 1:11
Hiroto Iwasaki def. Rukiya by extra round decision
Keisuke Nakamura drew Hiroyuki by split draw (29-29, 29-28, 28-29)
Daisuke Fujimura def. Kazunari Kimura (30-27, 30-28, 30-29)
Kentaro Miyachi def. Kentoshi “Syun” by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Seiya Ueda def. Kazuki Yamashita by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-28, 30-28)
Takuma Sakaguchi def. Daiki Shimizu by knockout. Round 2, 2:12
Kuroudo def. Shun Kato by TKO. Round 2, 3:00