Earlier today Japanese fans had the chance to see the sensationally gifted Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太] record his second defnce of the WBC Youth Bantamweight title, as he stopped Indonesian visitor Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-1, 5).
Murata looked to control the bout early on with his jabs, and switches between head and body shots whilst keeping the shorter man at range. The Indonesian had some success in round 2, with one judge giving him the round, but the visitor struggled to have more than a few fleeting moments and by the end of round 4 Murata looked like he could do as pleased.
Up by scored of 40-36, twice, and 39-37 after 4 rounds it looked like Murata was lookign to try new things, and looked happy to test his stamina, but in round 6 he really hurt the Indonesian. Knowing he had his man hurt Maruta went for the finish and dropped the visitor with some brutal body shots, that left Lamandau down for the 10 count.
Following the bout it was annouced that Murata would be back in the ring in July and will likely be fighting for an OPBF or a Japanese title when he returns to the ring.
On the under-card Naoto Iwai (3-1, 1) [岩井 尚斗], suffered a 6 round split decision loss to Ryosuke Nasu (7-2-2,1) [那須亮祐], whilst Middleweight Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) blew away an over-matched Thai foe.
For fans interested in watching this bout it will be added to the Boxingraise service in the coming hours.
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