Yesterday in Kobe fight fans had the chance to see Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Giraffe Kirin Kanda (10-2, 6) [神田亮] move a step closer to a title fight, as he stopped Tsunehiko Aitoku (4-6-1) [相德恒彦].
The bout was originally set to be the shows chief support bout, but became the main event after a training injury suffered by Ryoki Hirai (9-4-1, 4) [平井亮輝] forced him out of Japanese eliminator with Kenta Matsui (8-6, 1) [松井謙太], with Matsui now becoming the mandatory to the Japanese Minimumweight title.
Kanda used his height early on and managed to get his right hand into play with out too many issues. In the 4th round the right hand really connected sending Aitoku down, where he took the 10 count, and looked in genuine pain as he battled the count.
It's a worrying loss for Aitoku, who has now been stopped in 6 of 11 bouts and questions need to be asked as to what he can do going forward. For Kanda the win moves him on, but he needs to fight someone better to prepare for a title shot.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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