Last year Japanese fans saw Teiru Kinoshita (21-1-1, 5) come up massively short when he took on South African fighter Zolani Tete in a bout for the IBF Super Flyweight title. At the time it was a disappointing result for Tete who had entered the bout with an unbeaten record of 19-0-1 (3).
Since that loss two things have happened. Most obviously we've all realised that Tete is a hell of a fighter and his recent world title defense against Paul Butler showed the huge gulf in talent between himself and the previously unbeaten Brit, who many had raved about as a potential star.
Secondly we've seen Kinoshita go back to the drawing board and work on his flaws. That has seen him developing his skills and power and today he scored his second successive stoppage, defeating the very limited Nongbeer Sor Bangkru (0-6) in 4 rounds.
The bout wasn't supposed to be about reclaiming Kinoshita's place as a contender but more about shedding some ring rust and sharpening his tools ahead of a second potential world title bout in the future.
It seems clear that Kinoshita isn't ready for another shot, as of yet, but with a #5 IBF ranking it seems plausible that he may be able to get another shot in the next 18-24 months. He will however be hoping to show off his skills against a more testing foe than Nongbeer before then. Hopefully that will mean fights against the likes of Yohei Tobe, Sho Ishida, Toshiyuki Igarashi, Go Oanaga, Hiroyuki Hisataka or Taiki Eto, all of whom would be much more compelling than more bouts against over-matched Thai foes. like this one.
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