Sadly since that great start things haven't been great for Tobe, who's most notable achievements since then have been a 4 month reign as the Japanese Super Flyweight champion, having won the vacant against Taki Eto and losing it to Sho Ishida, as well as a victory for the WBA International Super Flyweight champion. Those success have come along with setbacks from injury, losses to not only Ishida but also Ryo Akaho and a draw with Richard Pumicpic.
Late on Saturday Tobe suffered his third career defeat, suffering a second round stoppage to former WBO and IBF Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (28-4-1, 20) in a very short but very thrilling all action contest.
Tobe looked good early on, and clearly went into the ring with the intention of stopping Rodriguez, something he had stated before the bout. Sadly that saw him come out ultra-aggressive, ignoring his solid boxing fundementals and looking to back Rodriguez up, rather than using his size, skills, timing and ring IQ. It made for some thrilling action, but always left Tobe looking uncomfortable when Rodriguez landed his own shots.
The first round was nip and tuck, with Tobe looking the more aggressive and Rodriguez looking the more comfortable. That comfortable nature of Rodriguez's was the difference in the second round as the Mexican fighter countered the aggression of Tobe, landing some crunching body shots and counters on the Japanese fighter, who was dropped twice in the round. The second of those knockdowns left Tobe in agony and forced his corner to throw in the towel.
The loss almost certainly ends Tobe's dream of fighting for a world title, though does give Rodriguez a big boost as a Super Flyweight, and could well help boost his chances of getting a world title fight at 115lbs in the near future.