The Light Welterweight Rookie of the Year for 2018 is Kenta Endo (3-0-2, 1) [遠藤健太] who claimed the crown just moments ago thanks to a second round TKO win over the previously undefeated Shoma Okada (4-1, 2) [岡田翔真].
Endo made a good start, boxing on the back foot and out landing Okada and out manoeuvring him through the first round. The only real success Okada got was at the end of the opening round, as the two men bombs, despite having some success Okada took more than he gave.
The trading that ended the opening round basically kick started the second round, and it was Okada landed the first blow of what would become the final sequence. Okada got over-excited after landing and ran straight into a shot coming back his way from Endo who followed up and sent Okada down, with the referee waving the bout off after seeing Okada struggle to get up.
The win is a huge one for Endo, and his development and likely shows where Okada needs to improve, if he's to have a successful career.
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