Earlier today Teiken held a show at Korakuen Hall. It wasn't a big show, in fact their show this coming Saturday is much bigger, but it did feature some rising hopefuls, two of which took their next step towards getting potential title fights in 2020.
The first of those was Daiki Funayama (10-3-1, 3) [舟山大樹], who scored a 4th round TKO win over Thai visitor Sophon Klachun (5-4, 1).
Funayama began his career 3-3-1 but has really turned things around ans this win today seemed to suggest he was going to settle at Super Bantamweight, after flirting with the Featherweight division earlier in his career. Today he simply broke down his Thai foe, and looked good doing it.
The other man impressing was the heavy handed Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田大和], who's heavy hands took out Ryukyu Oho (6-3, 3) [大保龍球] in the 3rd round of their scheduled 8 rounder. Hata's power always looked imposing here and proved to be be the deciding factor as he dropped his man twice and forced the referee to jump in and stop the action when Oho was hurt up close.
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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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