On paper the bout was a massive test for Kawaura, who had taken out 3 novice Thai's in his first 3 bouts, and hardly broken a sweat doing so.
Today however he answered some serious questions as he boxed masterfully behind his long rangy jab and, for the most part, kept Pantilgan at range. The gameplan worked well in neutralising the Filipino's power early on. It wasn't until round 4 that Pantilgan managed to cut the distance and have some success, though Kawaura proved he could hang up close, and did in round 6 and in round 8, a round that saw the Filipino needing to prove his toughness.
At the final bell their was no doubting the winner, with Kawaura taking the decision 79-73, 79-74 and 78-74.
With this win Kawaura has really proven his ability and we suspect he'll be finding himself in title fights sooner rather than later, with his first possibly taking place before the end of 2018.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)