Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw former world title challenger Shingo Wake (24-5-2, 16) [和氣 慎吾] fight in a stay busy contest, as he took on Filipino foe Roman Canto (12-11-3, 7). On paper the bout was a mismatch, but it was a chance for Wake to keep the ring rust off, after having been out of the ring since the end of 2017.
Despite being out of the ring for over 3 months the Japanese fighter looked sharp from the off, fighting omn his toes and firing off crisp sharp jabs in the opening round. Wake managed to use his reach to keep Canto at range and although the Japanese fighter invited pressure at times his footwork was exceptional, making Canto swing and miss a number of times.
As the fight went on Wake began to let his under-rated left hand go more frequently, often following the jab or beign used on the counter. It wasn't as if Wake was putting his weight on his shots, but rather using his speed and timing to punish Canto for his aggression.
By the end of round 3 it was Canto on the back foot and Wake seemed like a fighter who was having fun in there. The fun however would end the following round when a Wake's consistent and slicing head shots resulted in a brutal cut on Canto's left eye. The blood flowed freely from the cut and forced the referee to take Canto the doctor who quickly stopped the bout, giving Wake his 4th stoppage win since his 2016 loss to Jonathan Guzman for the IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Following the bout Wake stated that he was wanting a world title fight, but would be happy to face a good opponent first, and seemed to leave the door open to a potential Japanese title fight with Yusaku Kuga, in what would essentially be a world title eliminator between the two world ranked Japanese fighters.
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