Heavy handed Japanese youngster Yamato Hata (7-1, 7) [波田大和] scored his 4th straight win today as he easily beat under-sized Thai visitor Detsuriya Kramoolwong (2-2) at the Korakuen Hall.
The opening round saw Hata feel out his man in the early going before landing a number of nasty sounding, and sickening looking, body shots. The Thai took them well, but offered little in return against the 21 year fighter from the Teiken gym. In the second round Hata really picked up the pace and pinned Detsuriya on the ropes a number of times, landing quick 2 or 3 punch combinations before the Thai could escape. To his credit Detsuriya did look like he was taking the shots without too much damage, but was unable to create any real space as Hata began hunting a stoppage.
As we went into round 3 it seemed to b a case of "how long would Detsuriya survive?" Hata began the round by picking up the pace even more and really unloaded on the Thai, who was again put on the ropes. A short attempt fight back saw Detsuriya being rocked from a right hand and a follow up attack, dropped the Thai. The visitor easily beat the count but had no idea where he was and the referee quickly waved the bout off.
It's unclear what's next for Hata but given his style and aggression, and good looks, we suspect he'll be managed well and progressed slowly by Teiken, who will want to just round off some of his defensive flaws before giving him bouts that are a bit too tough at this stage.
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