The bout started slowly, with both men looking to establish their jabs. It wasn't long until Ito took control, fighting at range, and using his right really well to find his way through the guard of Puton. The Filipino regularly ate some hard looking right hands but shook them off, as he showed the toughness he is known for.
Sadly for Puton the shots were taking a toll, and a jab in round 2 to the body dropped the Filipino. It was the body that seemed to be his weak point, and he was dropped again in round 7 as Ito's consistent shots slowly broke him down.
As the fight went on Puton began to have success of his own as he began to rough up Ito, fighting up close. It was however a mixed tactic, with Ito finding a home for his uppercuts, and taking the best Puton had to offer, whilst controlling the bout at range with his right hand.
In round 9 Ito hurt his man and followed up with a brutal assault that dropped Puton. It was the third knockdown of the fight, and whilst Puton certainly didn't looked damaged goods the referee stopped the contest, realising that Ito was a long way in the lead and beginning to do more damage than he had earlier in the bout.
With the win Ito is now looking to get a world title fight, with a shot at the WBO title expected to come later in the year, likely for a title vacated by Vasyl Lomachenko. For Puton the loss will be a painful one, but he has stated he wants to return to Japan to fight again, and given his effort here few fans will complain if he does return to the country later in the year.
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