Kaneko looked confident from the off but the visitor, a southpaw, refused to be intimidated and looked to lure Kaneko into traps, where he could land his left hand. In the opening minute a few of the visitors traps struck with Kaneko forced to take some cute counters from the visitor.
The key moment in the opening round came about 100 seconds into the round with a solid left hand from the visitor dropped Kaneko, with the Japanese fighter regaining his feet after a secondary stumble. The knockdown seemed to make Kaneko a bit more wary of the danager in front of him.
Having seen out the opening round Kaneko went back on the front foot and this time he avoided the traps whilst beating down the Thai, who was dropped 70 seconds into round 7. Kaneko continued to press the action and soon afterwards hurt the Thai again before scoring his second knockdown of the fight and a third was soon to follow with the referee being forced to stop the bout.
After the bout Kaneko seemed to suggest that he was chasing titles in 2017, and whilst this performance was the best for hi, the win will keep his nose in the running for titles going forward, and he has shown the potential to compete at the world level before, and we think he could do that again, one day, even if he does need to show some signs of improvement in terms of his defense.
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