Today the 22 year old youngster returned to the ring for the first time since that loss and made a very brief, but impressive cameo, as he blew away the heavy handed foe Masamichi Yabuki (6-2, 6) [佐藤政道] in Okayama.
The bout never looked likely to go long, with both fighters being heavy handed fighters, and immediately they went to work. It wasn't long until Akui's power began to tell, rocking Yabuki to his knees in the early moments. Yabuki's grit showed as he fired back with a hard right however Akui refuses to back off and quickly over whelmed Yabuki against the ropes, with Yabuki then being saved by the referee after just 92 seconds.
The bout didn't go as long as anyone would have hoped, but was intense, and great action from the off.
Impressively this is Akui's 7th opening round stoppage win, and his 4th in 5 bouts, show just how dagerous he is in the opening moments of a fight. As for Yabuki this is his first stoppage loss.
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