The Japanese fighter, who had blitzed his first 8 foes in a combined 14 rounds, had won the Japanese title earlier this year in just 92 seconds, with his previous fight lasting just 90 seconds. Those had been his only 2 bouts in the previous 12 months and it seemed like he was really needing some quality rounds, as well as a test of his stamina, having never been beyond 3 rounds. Surprisingly the Thai gave him those rounds.
The Thai showed his ability early on, and was able to counter Takesako with some notable success. That success from the Thai did ome at a cost though and he was down in round 2, suffering his first knockdown of the fight. The knockdown seemed to make the visitor aware of Takesako's power and he would sharpen up on the counters until he was dropped again in round 5, from two big right hands. Again the visitor's toughness shone as he got back to his feet, but from then on it seemed like a matter of time, and the Thai would suffer his third knockdown in round 7 from a body shot, with the referee stopping the bout.
Following the bout Taksesako seemed to suggest that he'd like to face Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸], in a bout to unify the Japanese, OPBF and Asia Pacific Middleweight titles.
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