The WBC Youth Light Flyweight title has a new champion!
Just moments ago in Osaka fans saw Japanese youngster Riku Kano (15-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] claim his latest professional title, stopping Indonesian journeyman Mektison Marganti (5-11-1, 3) in the 8th round of their bout.
The men, who were supposed to fight earlier this month, weren't ever likely to have a competitive bout. Kano, for all his faults, is a real talent, even if he doesn't appear to have the grit to compete at the higher level. Against a fighter that won't test his metal or make him question himself Kano will do as he wishes, and that was seen here.
Kano used his southpaw jab well, set the tempo behind it and used his foot work to avoid Marganti's shots. As the fight went on Kano began to show his variety and was up 40-36 when the cards were announced after 4 rounds.
With Kano well in the lead and his confidence building he began to incorporate more into his attacks, picking up the pace and firing off combinations. These combinations began to take a toll on the Indonesian who was clearly being broken down in rounds 6 and 7. The combinations kept coming in round 8, and this time they broke through with Marganti forced to take shots on the ropes. His corner would then decide enough was enough and threw in the towel to save their man from further punishment. The bout was stopped at 2 minutes 42 seconds into round 8.
This was only the third time Marganti had been stopped, and the first time in over 3 years. That's impressive given he has shared the ring with the likes of WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin and upcoming world title challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart. For Kano he adds this belt to reigns as the WBA Asia and OPBF "interim" champion, both at Minimumweight, and ends a 3 fight losing run in title bouts, having lost to Katsunari Takayama, Jerry Tomogdan and Shin Ono. There is however a huge gulf between this win and bouts for bigger, more established titles, and this will be seen as little more than a building block as he looks to rebuild his career.
Tomorrow we'll see the rescheduled bout between Japanese youngster Riku Kano (14-4-1, 7) [加納 陸] and Indonesian journeyman Mektison Marganti (5-10-1, 3), who battle for the WBC Youth Light Flyweight title.
Today both men made the Light Flyweight limit with room to spare.
Kano, a former world title challenger, was 107.6lbs for the bout, comfortably under the 108lb limit. He looked in great shape for the bout and seemed very up for it.
Marganti made weight with even more ease than Kano, weighing in at 107lbs for the bout. He seemed to realise he was the under-dog, but did state that he would try his best to bring the belt back to Indonesia. If he does then that would be the biggest win of his career so far, by a long way.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be made available on Boxing Raise in the coming days.
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