OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (16-4-2, 9) again stated his case as one of Asia's elite fighters at 122lbs as he stopped Japanese based Filipino Jovy Katumata (10-3, 4) and made the 3rd defense of his title.
Katsumata, real name Jovylito Aligarbes, entered this bout as the WBC Youth Super Flyweight champion and unfortunately this summed up the contest fairly well. Jovy was too small, going from Super Flyweight to Super Bantamweight, too inexperienced and unfortunately thrown to the wolves.
Jovy came out fighting confidently to start with but he lacked the skills and power to have any effect on Wake who used his skills to intelligently counter and apply pressure on the youngster in the opening round. Unfortunately Jovy he really couldn't handle anything that Wake did and a hard hook from the champion left Jovy down for the full 10 count.
After the fight Wake seemed to suggest that his intention for 2014 was a world title. Although the champions at 122lbs are pretty decent with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux there are some title opportunities out there if Wake can wait. We already know that IBF champion Kiko Martinez will be fighting Hozumi Hasegawa and WBA "regular" champion Scott Quigg will be fighting Nehomar Cermeno. Wake against the winner of either of those bouts would certainly be interesting and give him a decent chance at winning a world title this year.
Incidentally Wake's intention of moving on to a world title fight could see Yasutaka Ishimoto (24-6, 7) moving his attention to the OPBF Super Bantamweight title when Wake vacates it.
Later today (February 10) sees the first Diamond Glove show of the new year. The show, also referred to as "Dangan 93", will be televised on Fuji TV Next, the sister station of Fuji TV.
Unfortunately for those international fans out there, Fuji TV Next is a premium service and it's highly unlikely that many will be able to access a stream of the action which includes 2 title fights. Thankfully there will likely be downloads of the fight available 24-48 hours after the broadcast allowing us all to watch the fights in all their glory.
According to the TV guide the broadcast will be LIVE between 7PM and 10PM Tokyo time.
The bouts on the show include Rikki Naito taking on Hiroyasu Matsuzaki for the vacant Japanese Super Featherweight title in what looks like a great contest, and the world ranked Shingo Wake defending his OPBF Super Bantamweight title against Japanese based Filipino Jovy Katsumata.
We're sorry about the fact it won't be televised on a free-to-air channel or one that can be easily watched by fans around the world, though we hope our Japanese friends can keep us all up-to-date on the action as it happens.
For those with Fuji TV Next who miss the original broadcast, it will be repeated on tuesday night/wednesday morning.
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