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Coming up we have a welterweight MMA rules bout between Kantaro Hoshino and Ryan Wagner. Ryan Wagner will no doubt be looking to use his reach advantage to good effect.

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, in the welterweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 16 wins, 3 losses and 1 draws, fighting out of St Petersburg, Kantaro Hoshino!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 19 wins, 6 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of Montreal, Ryan Wagner!
The judges for this bout are Phil Schofield, Richard Clark and James Ackerman.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
A slow jab from Wagner misses its intended target.
A slow jab from Wagner misses its intended target.
Wagner lands with a hook. Hoshino tried to avoid it but it clipped the top of his head.
Hoshino misses with a wild body shot.
Wagner swings away with a counter right hand but no contact made.
Hoshino throws a combination that misses
and Wagner counters with a nice low kick that buckles Hoshino's knee momentarily.
Hoshino throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Hoshino walks into a jab.
Hoshino scores with a straight right hand, right through his opponent's guard.
Wagner with a jab.
Wagner misses with a body shot.

Hoshino closes the distance and presses his opponent up against the cage.
Hoshino manages to get underhooks and slows down the pace for a moment.
Hoshino blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Wagner lands a right hand that snaps the head of Hoshino backwards.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A head punch on the inside from Hoshino fails to land.
A head punch on the inside from Wagner fails to land.

That's one minute gone in the round.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Wagner.
Hoshino works on Wagner's body with a couple of short punches.
Hoshino is trying to stall.
Hoshino lands on the inside with an uppercut.
Wagner tries to throw a body punch but Hoshino avoids it by throwing Wagner back against the cage.
Hoshino struggles to land a body shot inside as Wagner controls his hands.
Wagner misses with a punch on the inside.
Hoshino makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Hoshino prevents Wagner from breaking the clinch.
Hoshino misses with some punches.
A head punch on the inside from Wagner fails to land.
Hoshino misses with the head strike.
Wagner tries to work over Hoshino's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Wagner lands a hook that snaps the head of Hoshino backwards.
Wagner swings wildly with an uppercut but Hoshino uses good head movement to avoid it.
Hoshino misses with some punches.
Wagner struggles to land a body shot inside as Hoshino controls his hands.
Hoshino taking a breather.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Wagner tries a body shot but Hoshino blocks it.
Hoshino digs a right hand into Wagner's ribs. Those have got to be taking their toll on Wagner's gas tank.
Wagner lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Wagner lands a shot to the body.
Wagner throws a punch but it's blocked by Hoshino.
Hoshino misses with a shot to the kidneys.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Wagner misses with a punch on the inside.
Hoshino pushes Wagner back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Hoshino misses with a hook from the clinch.
Wagner misses with a hook to the ribs.
Wagner blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Wagner misses with a hook from the clinch.
Hoshino misses with a short punch on the inside.
Wagner has been looking to improve his clinch game in recent weeks. Hoshino seems to have the measure of him in the clinch so far, so let's see if Wagner can turn it around.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Wagner.
Wagner working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Wagner makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
Hoshino misses with a body punch.
Wagner lands with a short shot to the head.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Wagner.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Hoshino is leaning against Wagner and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Nice body punch from Hoshino.
Wagner misses with a short punch on the inside.
Wagner throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Hoshino working aggressively here.
Hoshino blocking some punches.
Hoshino lands a right uppercut that snaps the head of Wagner backwards.
Hoshino misses with a hook to the ribs.
Wagner lands on the inside with an uppercut.
A head punch on the inside from Hoshino fails to land.
Hoshino looking to slow down the pace here.
Wagner swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Hoshino lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of Wagner backwards.
Hoshino swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Hoshino working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Wagner misses with a hook from the clinch.
Hoshino taking a breather.
I was talking to Hoshino's coach per-fight and he was telling me that they'd been working on the clinch in the runup to this fight.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wagner fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
A short uppercut from Wagner.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
A right hand to the body from Hoshino.
Wagner takes a shot to the head.
Hoshino tries to work over Wagner's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Hoshino doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Hoshino.
Hoshino lands with a right to the head.
Hoshino lands with a light punch inside.
Hoshino misses with a punch to the body.
Hoshino goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Hoshino can't find room to land a body shot as Wagner controls the action.
Hoshino blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Wagner misses with a punch on the inside.
Hoshino lands a body punch - he's looking to wear down Wagner.
Hoshino lands a nice uppercut.
Wagner misses with a hook to the ribs.
Hoshino goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Kantaro Hoshino will probably get the nod.
The fighters' corners scream their final instructions, as the referee calls time. Here we go, back to the action!


Hoshino tries to clinch but Wagner moves out of range.
Wagner lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Wagner is using his reach advantage to land shots from outside his opponent's range.
Wagner throws a shot from downtown. Hoshino moves away and avoids it.
Wagner misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Hoshino.
Wagner tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Hoshino was well out of range. Poor timing from Wagner.
Wagner shuffles to his left behind two crisp jabs. Hoshino eats them both and turns towards Wagner to reposition himself and eats a stinging right hand-left hook combo.
Hoshino misses with a straight right.
Hoshino throws a looping overhand right but Wagner ducks down to avoid it.
Hoshino uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Wagner.
Hoshino misses with a straight left.
Hoshino tries to clinch but Wagner moves out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Wagner does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Hoshino lands a right hook to the body.
Hoshino fails in his attempt to clinch.
Wagner attempts a leg kick but it's missed by a good margin.
Hoshino throws a one two combo.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hoshino lands a nice shot that snaps Wagner's head back.
Hoshino dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Wagner looks to land a left hand but Hoshino moved out of range nicely.
A decent looking cross lands there for Hoshino.
Wagner throws a nice outside leg kick.
Hoshino fails with an attempt to clinch.
Hoshino uses good footwork to get in and out, landing a nice hook.
Hoshino scores with a hook to the body. Wagner takes a step back and tries to catch his breath.
Wagner throws out a leg kick but Hoshino moves out of range and Wagner only half commits.
Hoshino misses with an uppercut.
Wagner ducks under a wild hook from Hoshino.
Wagner wants to land a leg kick but Hoshino is out of range.
Ryan Wagner seems to be getting the better of the standup.
Wagner throws a low kick, looking for Hoshino's leg but Hoshino calmly moves out of range.
Wagner avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Hoshino looks to throw the jab but Wagner is out of range.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Wagner fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt Hoshino.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Wagner uses good footwork to get in and out and land a nice right hand before Hoshino has time to react.
Wagner misses with a kick to the body.
It looked like Hoshino wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
Wagner throws a body punch but Hoshino moves out of range.
Donk. Wagner catches Hoshino right on the button with a cross.
Wagner connects with a solid leg kick.
Hoshino keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Hoshino tries to clinch up.
Wagner circles away from the clinch attempt.
Wagner now looks to counter with a shot at the body.
Hoshino checks a leg kick.
Hoshino scores with a body shot.
Hoshino needs to keep his hands up - Wagner had a free shot at his head there.
Wagner takes a shot to the body in his stride.
Hoshino sizes up Wagner with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
A slow jab from Hoshino misses its intended target.
Wagner has used his reach advantage pretty well so far tonight.
Wagner is looking to land body kicks.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Wagner cracks Hoshino with a good jab.
Hoshino tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Wagner paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Hoshino ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Wagner moves away.
Hoshino throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Hoshino misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Wagner.
Wagner sizes up Hoshino with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
Wagner jabs. That one connects to the head of his opponent.
Hoshino tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but Wagner was well out of range. Poor timing from Hoshino.
Wagner is trying to counter with his kicks.
Wagner dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on Hoshino. That did some damage!
Wagner misses with a kick to the body.
Hoshino misses with a wild body shot.
Hoshino moves in looking to clinch but Wagner pushes him off.
Hoshino throws a combination that misses
and Wagner connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Hoshino misses the shot to the body.
Hoshino takes a swing at Wagner's ribcage but misses.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
Hoshino digs a good body shot into Wagner's ribs.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Wagner takes an uppercut right on the jaw but it doesn't phase him.
Hoshino tries to clinch but Wagner moves out of range.
A nice inside leg kick there by Wagner. That's going to slow Hoshino down.
Hoshino moves in looking to clinch but Wagner pushes him off.
Hoshino tries to clinch there but Wagner circles away.
Wagner looks to score with a jab to the body but Hoshino is just out of range.
Hoshino throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Hoshino lands a jab to Wagner's midsection.
Hoshino misses with a looping right.
Hoshino is looking to wear down Wagner with body shots, infact he's throwing more body shots than head shots at the moment.
Wagner takes a solid shot to the body. That one hurt him but he's trying not to show it.
Hoshino misses the body punch
enabling Wagner to counter with a crisp jab.
Hoshino fakes a head punch and goes low to the body. Nicely done.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Kantaro Hoshino will probably get the nod.
The referee calls time. The cornermen exit stage left and we're back to business.


Wagner thumps Hoshino with a low kick.
Hoshino looks to score with a combo but nothing lands.
The fight stays on the outside here - Hoshino looks like he's thinking about clinching though.
Wagner moves out of range as Hoshino strikes.
Hoshino walks into a straight right hand from Wagner.
Hoshino misses with a looping left.
Wagner flicks out a counter leg kick but Hoshino steps away.
Hoshino doesn't manage to clinch there - Wagner circles away.
Wagner misses with an attempted mid kick.
Hoshino throws a right and a left that Wagner avoids nicely.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hoshino misses with a wild body shot.
Wagner scores with a slapping inside leg kick.
Hoshino tries to close the distance and clinch up but Wagner swats him away and circles back towards the center.
Wagner throws a leg kick which misses Hoshino's front leg but catches the back leg as Hoshino tries to avoid it.
Wagner keeps the fight on the outside.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Nice body kick from Wagner.

Hoshino has taken the fight to the clinch.
Hoshino pushes Wagner back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
A shot in the inside from Wagner.
Hoshino misses with a body punch.
Wagner misses with a short punch on the inside.
A left hand lands to the body for Hoshino.
Hoshino stays in close to his opponent and throws a right hand to the body.
Wagner takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
A left hand lands to the body for Hoshino.
Hoshino lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Hoshino blocks a body shot from Wagner.
Hoshino lands a nice uppercut.
Hoshino blocks an uppercut.
Wagner blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Hoshino working on landing some head shots here - that one got through nicely.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
A right hand to the body from Hoshino.
Hoshino is hobbling a little on that front leg after taking quite a few leg kicks so far in this fight.
Hoshino throws a hook to the body. More of an arm punch but it's all scoring with the judges.
Hoshino lands with a short head shot on the inside.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Hoshino has a couple of punches blocked by Wagner.
Hoshino pushes Wagner back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Hoshino tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Hoshino tries to work over Wagner's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Wagner misses with the head strike.
Hoshino lands a body shot.
Hoshino stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.
Kantaro Hoshino has scored more points in the clinch so far.
A quick uppercut on the inside from Hoshino.
Wagner blocks a body shot from Hoshino.
Wagner blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Wagner lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Wagner has had enough of the clinch but Hoshino keeps him there for the moment.
Wagner tries to work over Hoshino's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Wagner blocks an uppercut.
Hoshino lands on the inside with an uppercut.

Wagner breaks the clinch and we return to the middle of the mat.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Wagner misses with a wild body shot.
Wagner uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Hoshino.
Hoshino moves out of range of the leg kick from Wagner.

Hoshino drives through and clinches with Wagner against the cage.
Hoshino blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Hoshino misses with a hook from the clinch.
Hoshino blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Hoshino can't find room to land a body shot as Wagner controls the action.
Wagner misses with some punches.
Hoshino is working hard here but doesn't seem to be able to control effectively, up against the cage.
Hoshino working aggressively here.
Wagner misses with a punch on the inside.
Hoshino misses with a punch on the inside.
A right hand to the body from Hoshino.
Hoshino taking a breather.
Wagner misses with the head strike.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wagner's head jolts backwards as he takes an uppercut right on the button!
Wagner fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Hoshino gets through Wagner's defenses to land a nice punch to the side of the head.
The referee calls for Hoshino to work.
Hoshino softening up his opponent with strikes, against the cage.
Hoshino lands a right hand.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Hoshino tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Wagner's elbow.
Wagner swings wildly with an uppercut but Hoshino uses good head movement to avoid it.
Hoshino tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
Wagner is working Hoshino over against the cage.
Wagner swings wildly with an uppercut but Hoshino uses good head movement to avoid it.
Hoshino misses with the head strike.
Wagner swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Hoshino misses with the head strike.
Hoshino stalling in the clinch but Wagner improves position.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Kantaro Hoshino clearly takes that round.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Hoshino takes a swing at Wagner's ribcage but misses.
Wagner scores with a leg kick.
Hoshino throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Wagner throws a body punch but Hoshino moves out of range.
Wagner tries to work over Hoshino's front leg with a kick but Hoshino checks it.
Hoshino misses with a straight right.
Wagner throws out a counter right but Hoshino avoids it with no problem.
Hoshino scores with a jab to the jaw.
Hoshino jabbing away but nothing is landing.
Wagner counters with a body kick.
Hoshino fakes a head shot and lands one to the body.
Hoshino works his jab well there, keeping his opponent at a distance.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Hoshino is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
Hoshino misses with an uppercut. Wagner saw that one coming.
Wagner looked like he wanted to counter with a punch but didn't throw it.
Wagner throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Hoshino tries to check a leg kick but that clearly hurt him.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Hoshino throws a hook to the side of Wagner's head but Wagner sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Hoshino misses with a looping right.
Some bone on bone action there as Hoshino checks a low kick. Luckily it wasn't a particularly hard one.
Hoshino tries to clinch but fails miserably
and Wagner counters with a right hand to the body.
Hoshino checks a leg kick nicely.
Wagner gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Hoshino.
Wagner throws a looping overhand right but Hoshino ducks down to avoid it.
Hoshino is looking for a counter combo.
Wagner listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Wagner throws a body shot but no joy.
Wagner avoids the clinch attempt nicely.
Hoshino tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Wagner paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Hoshino swings for the body but Wagner moves out of range.
Hoshino lunges at Wagner with a hook that half lands and is half blocked by Wagner's hand.
Hoshino takes a swing at Wagner's ribcage but misses.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Wagner.
Hoshino cracks Wagner with a hook to the jaw. Both fighters smile at eachother and high-five before getting back down to business.
Hoshino swings away with a body shot that misses
and Wagner counters with a good low kick that Hoshino was not able to check.
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 misses with a body shot.
Hoshino throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
Hoshino moves out of range as Wagner strikes.
Wagner throws a low kick, looking for Hoshino's leg but Hoshino calmly moves out of range.
Wagner uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Hoshino.
Hoshino takes a push kick to the midsection and stumbles backwards.
Wagner looks to score with a jab to the body but Hoshino is just out of range.
Hoshino checks a leg kick.
Wagner is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
A low kick from Wagner misses

and Hoshino counters into the clinch. Nicely done.
Wagner fails to land with a short punch on the inside.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A head punch on the inside from Hoshino fails to land.
Wagner blocks an uppercut.
A head punch blocked on the inside by Wagner.
A frustrated look appears on Wagner's face as he tries to break the clinch.
Wagner misses with a punch on the inside.
Wagner misses with some punches.
Hoshino lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Hoshino tried to land a shot to the body but connects with Wagner's elbow.
Hoshino lands with a good tight uppercut to the head.
Hoshino scores with a shot to the side of Wagner's head.
Hoshino blocking some punches.
Wagner goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Wagner swings away with an uppercut that misses.
Hoshino works on Wagner's body with a couple of short punches.
Wagner is absolutely dripping with sweat - he looks exhausted.
A short right from Hoshino.
Hoshino is leaning against Wagner and scores with a nice uppercut to the body.
Wagner misses with some punches.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Wagner blocks a punch to the side of the head.
Hoshino tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Wagner tries to work over Hoshino's body with a swooping hook but it only glances the target.
Hoshino lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.

Wagner is rocked!
Hoshino fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Wagner is still on wobbly legs! Can Hoshino finish him?
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Hoshino pushes Wagner back against the cage and unloads with a body punch.
Hoshino lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Hoshino pushes Wagner against the cage. Hoshino is working some dirty boxing. Hoshino pushes off with a quick right hook! Wagner goes down! Wagner tries to stand but stumbles back to his kness! Hoshino moves in to finish and the ref steps in to prevent any more damage!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 4:31 of round 4, we have a winner by way of TKO (Strikes). Kantaro Hoshino!
An out of breath and clearly excited Kantaro Hoshino thanked FinnFighter Nutrition (Five 160Q supps!) for their help and support (and free stuff they sent him).
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