The bout today saw Abe stop his foe inside a round, in fact he needed just 70 seconds to score the win.
Whilst it's fair to suggest today's win wasn't worth much attention it was Abe's 8th straight win, with others coming against the likes of Ryo Hino, Hikaru Marugame, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Satoshi Hosono. Those wins have gotten Abe not only some serious momentum but also a number of rankings and he's looking to make the most of those next year.
After today's win Abe stated that his aim for 2018 was to get a title fifght. It seems like his focus is on a Japanese title fight, but he'd certainly not look out of place in either the WBO Asia Pacific or OPBF title pictures. It's also worth noting that his 2017 has helped him move into the world rankings, with the IBF putting him in the top 15.
Whilst a Japanese title fight for Abe will have to wait, given that there is a mandatory due in the Champion Carnival, he seems happy to wait until the Summer for a shot.
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