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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Lance Templeton and Kantaro Hoshino. Templeton's entrance music is Babylon Zoo - Spaceman. A fine choice. Both these guys have really solid chins. Will we see a standup war or will they both decide that a knockout is unlikely and try to win the fight elsewhere?

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 21 wins, 8 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of New York, Lance Templeton!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 13 wins, 3 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Kantaro Hoshino!
The judges for this bout are Frank Antenori, Percy O'Donnell and Timothy Bukovac.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Templeton misses with a straight left.
Hoshino steps in looking to clinch after the strikes miss from Templeton.
Hoshino takes a swing at Templeton's ribcage but misses.
Hoshino keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from Templeton.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from Hoshino! But no joy.
Hoshino has been working on his striking defense in training and it's paying off as Templeton is landing a low percentage of strikes.
Templeton showing good head movement there, avoiding the strikes from Hoshino.
Lance Templeton seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Templeton lunges in with swinging rights and lefts but Hoshino circles away quickly and effectively.
Templeton takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Donk. Hoshino catches Templeton right on the button with a cross.
Templeton lands a leg kick that knocks Hoshino off balance momentarily.
Templeton has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Pearson Spector Litt in the buildup to the fight.
Hoshino lands a vicious shot with the stealth of a sniper and the strength of a viper. Are vipers that strong? I can think of lots of things that are stronger than a viper - not many rhyme with sniper though.
Hoshino tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Templeton paws at him with a jab and circles away.

Hoshino instigates a clinch.
Templeton lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Templeton can't find room to land a body shot as Hoshino controls the action.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
Hoshino stalling in the clinch.
Hoshino wants to stall.
Hoshino blocking some punches.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hoshino lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Templeton.
A hook to the body from Templeton.
Hoshino misses with a punch to the body.
Templeton misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Templeton works on Hoshino's body with a couple of short punches.
A short right from Hoshino on the inside.
A shot in the inside from Templeton.
Templeton misses with a punch on the inside.
Hoshino goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Templeton misses with a body punch.
Templeton cracks Hoshino with a nice body shot.
Hoshino blocks an uppercut.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Hoshino digs a right hand underneath Templeton's ribcage. Templeton let out a lung full of air as it connected.
Templeton fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Templeton swings wildly with an uppercut but Hoshino uses good head movement to avoid it.
Hoshino can't find room to land a body shot as Templeton controls the action.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino throws a punch but it's blocked by Templeton.
Hoshino has Templeton pressed against the cage.
Templeton tries a body shot but Hoshino blocks it.
Hoshino looking to stall.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Hoshino.
Hoshino tries to stall but Templeton uses the opportunity to gain a better position.
Templeton tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Hoshino's elbow.
Templeton tries to throw a body punch but Hoshino avoids it by throwing Templeton back against the cage.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Templeton.
Both guys are working to get underhooks.
With the fighters up against the cage, Templeton throws an elbow but misses.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Hoshino tries to throw a body punch but Templeton avoids it by throwing Hoshino back against the cage.

Templeton manages to break the clinch.
Templeton misses with a body kick.
Templeton throws a low kick but it's checked well by Hoshino.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino swings for the body but Templeton moves out of range.
Hoshino takes a punch right to his stomach. That took the wind out of him momentarily.
Hoshino misses with a hook. Templeton ducked under it nicely.
Templeton is looking to counter with a body kick.
Hoshino wants to clinch.
It looked like Templeton was trying to counter with a body shot coming off that last attack from Hoshino.
Hoshino tries to clinch but Templeton is having none of it.
Hoshino swings and misses with a shot to the body
and Templeton counters with a low kick, right behind Hoshino 's knee.
Templeton fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
Templeton throws a nice outside leg kick.
Hoshino moves out of range of the body kick.
Hoshino wants to counter with a clinch but Templeton pushes him away.
Templeton throws a leg kick
and Hoshino counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Hoshino looks to land a right hand but Templeton moved out of range.

Hoshino clinches with his opponent.
Hoshino struggles to land a body shot inside as Templeton controls his hands.

Templeton's corner calls for him to break the clinch, which he does.
Hoshino lands a right hook to the body.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Templeton keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Hoshino ducks down and throws a hook to the body.
Hoshino lands with a good body shot.
Templeton throws a leg kick that misses.
Hoshino throws out a token jab with nothing on it.
Templeton appears to be looking for a big counter.
Templeton throws a body kick that misses.
Templeton misses with a jab, cross combination.
Templeton thumps Hoshino with a low kick.
Templeton swings for the body but Hoshino moves out of range.
Hoshino goes to the watering hole and comes back with a big thumbs up from the judges as he scores a three punch combo.
Templeton thows a leg kick but Hoshino checks it
and Hoshino counters with a good right hand that lands right on the jaw.
Hoshino with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Templeton looks to land a left hand but Hoshino moved out of range nicely.
Hoshino now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
A low kick from Templeton is predictable there
and Hoshino counters with a stiff right hand.
Hoshino loads up on a big right hand but Templeton slips the punch.
Hoshino throws a hook but Templeton blocks it.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close round but Kantaro Hoshino will probably get the nod.
The minute break is over - no more time for sponges and pep talks - back to the action!


Hoshino throws a jab when Templeton was well out of range.
Hoshino takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
The sound of bone on bone echoes around the arena as Hoshino checks a leg kick.

Hoshino closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Hoshino misses with a punch to the body.
Templeton tries a body shot but Hoshino blocks it.
Templeton throws a punch but it's blocked by Hoshino.
Templeton pushes Hoshino back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Hoshino softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Hoshino lands a nice uppercut.
Templeton tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Hoshino's elbow.
Hoshino is stalling here.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
The two fighters are working to gain dominance in the clinch.
Hoshino stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.
Hoshino doesn't land with the attempted body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hoshino struggles to land a body shot inside as Templeton controls his hands.
Hoshino lands an uppercut.
Templeton misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Hoshino slowing the pace effectively.
Templeton tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Hoshino's elbow.
Kantaro Hoshino seems to be working more effectively in the clinch in the fight so far.
Hoshino tries to work over Templeton's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Hoshino cracks Templeton with a nice body shot.
Hoshino avoiding damage.

Templeton breaks from the clinch.
Templeton scores with a jab to the head.
Hoshino lands with a nice body punch.
Templeton throws a push kick but Hoshino slaps the foot to one side.
Hoshino checks a low kick from Templeton.
Hoshino loads up on a big right hand but Templeton slips the punch.
Hoshino dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Hoshino misses with a jab and misses with a cross straight after too.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Templeton uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Hoshino.
Templeton takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Templeton misses with a body kick.
This has been an exciting period of action!
Templeton on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.

Hoshino closes the distance and clinches.
Templeton lands with a light punch inside.
Hoshino misses with a hook to the ribs.
Hoshino tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Templeton with the Thai clinch. He's looking to land a big knee but he's not managed it this time.
Hoshino lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Templeton backwards.
Templeton is leaning against Hoshino and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Hoshino lands with a light punch inside.
A nice right hand lands inside from Templeton.
Hoshino lands with a right to the head.
A short body shot lands from Templeton as the two fighters clinch.
Templeton avoiding damage.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino prevents a body shot from Templeton.
Hoshino slowing the pace effectively.
Still in the clinch, Hoshino scores with a nice short uppercut.
Hoshino misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Hoshino has been the more effective fighter overall so far.
Templeton blocking some punches.
Templeton lands a body punch.
Hoshino is trying to stall.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Templeton lands a left hand.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Templeton.
Templeton lands with a left to the head.
Templeton misses with a hook to the ribs.
Templeton cracks Hoshino with a nice body shot.
Templeton blocks a punch to the side of the head.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino is trying to slow down the pace in the clinch, to catch his breath.
Templeton misses with the head strike.
Hoshino tries a body shot but Templeton blocks it.
Templeton is trying to work out of this bad position, with his back against the cage.
Templeton blocks a body shot from Hoshino.
Templeton stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.
Hoshino misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Templeton struggles to land a body shot inside as Hoshino controls his hands.
Hoshino misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Hoshino tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A short uppercut from Hoshino.
Hoshino trying to stall but Templeton improves his position.
Templeton lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Templeton is stalling here.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Kantaro Hoshino showed his class in that round. I'd imagine he'll take it on all the scorecards.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business. This is the final round!


A head kick misses from Templeton.
No joy there for Hoshino, who threw a few shots but didn't land.
Templeton has his hands up protecting his head but a hook from Hoshino finds it's way round the side to connect with Templeton's head.
A big left from Templeton misses.
Hoshino swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Hoshino fails with an attempt to clinch.
Templeton takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Hoshino punishes Templeton's body with a nice straight punch.
Hoshino lunges at Templeton with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Templeton's hand.
Templeton tries to score with a leg kick but it misses it's target.
Templeton throws a hook to the side of Hoshino's head but Hoshino sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Templeton throws a poor cross that misses
and Hoshino counters with a nice body shot.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Templeton.
Hoshino connects with a body shot that sends Templeton's belly button to the back.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Templeton swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Hoshino blocks a leg kick.
Hoshino with a body punch. A glancing blow.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Templeton throws a low kick but it's checked well by Hoshino.

Hoshino gets in close and instigates a clinch.
A battle for position here, against the cage.
Hoshino blocks a body shot from Templeton.
Both fighters working to control the clinch.
Templeton scores with a nice hook to the head.
A nice right hand lands inside from Hoshino.
Hoshino leaning his opponent against the cage.
Templeton lands with a quick shot inside that doesn't really do much damage.
A head punch on the inside from Templeton fails to land.

Templeton escapes the clinch and we're back to striking.
Templeton takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Hoshino lands with an overhand left.
Lance Templeton has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Templeton lands a really nice looking cross but Hoshino seems unphased.
Templeton attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
Templeton throws a leg kick but Hoshino moved away.
Templeton misses with a half-hearted attempt at a head kick.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Templeton lands a leg kick that knocks Hoshino off balance momentarily.
Hoshino takes a swing at Templeton's ribcage but misses.
A solid leg kick lands there for Templeton.
Templeton swings for the body but Hoshino moves out of range.
Hoshino fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
Hoshino loads up on a big right hand but Templeton slips the punch.
Hoshino throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Templeton sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Templeton fires out a quick counter leg kick but Hoshino just manages to avoid it.
Templeton looking to land some kicks to the body here.
Hoshino lands a right hook to the body.
Hoshino ducks under a wild hook from Templeton.
Some bone on bone action there as Hoshino checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
A bone on bone clash there as Hoshino blocks the leg kick.
Hoshino tries to counter by closing the distance.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Templeton.
Hoshino swings for the body but Templeton moves out of range.
Templeton misses with a low kick.
Templeton scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Hoshino scores with a reasonable looking shot to the body. Templeton doesn't seem bothered though.
Hoshino throws a nice looking combination but Templeton bobs and weaves to avoid any damage.
Hoshino lands the left hand.
Hoshino lands a right hook to the body.
Kantaro Hoshino is fighting for a decision - hopefully he's judged it right and he's actually winning the fight.
Hoshino's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Templeton takes a shot right to the bread basket.
Hoshino takes a kick to the body and keeps moving.
Templeton blocks a jab.
Hoshino fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Hoshino takes a step back and watches a body kick go sailing past his mid section.
Kantaro Hoshino seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Templeton circles away from the clinch attempt.
Templeton throwing a counter right hand but Hoshino manages to avoid it.
Templeton takes a shot to the body in his stride.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
Nice body punch from Templeton.
Hoshino fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Templeton manages to avoid it.
Templeton takes a body punch that cleary hurt but he's trying not to show any weakness.
Hoshino tries to clinch but is not successful on this occasion.
Templeton throws a head kick that half lands.
Hoshino throws a body shot but no joy.
Templeton takes a body punch but keeps moving.
Templeton throws a body kick but he wasn't in range.
Hoshino connects nicely with a jab. Noted by the judges no doubt.
Hoshino takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Hoshino lands with a nice combination. Templeton backs away looking to recover.
Hoshino misses with a left hand
and Templeton connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Hoshino throws a jab but it's blocked by Templeton.
Hoshino cracks Templeton with a good jab.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Templeton moves into range and throws a combination. A nice jab followed by a hook to the body.

And that's the end of the fight!
Kantaro Hoshino comfortably won the final round on my scorecard.
Well Hoshino has outworked and out performed his opponent in all aspects of the game today. He was simply too good and the decision should be no more than a formality. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Frank Antenori scores the fight 27:30
Judge Percy O'Donnell scores the fight 27:30
Judge Timothy Bukovac scores the fight 27:30

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Kantaro Hoshino!

Kantaro Hoshino took to the microphone after his victory and thanked his sponsors, FinnFighter Nutrition (Five 160Q supps!) for their support in the buildup to the fight.
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