Last year we saw Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14) [岩佐 亮佑] come up short against slippery Englishman Lee Haskins in a bout for the IBF Bantamweight title. That loss made Iwasa look sloppy, slow and a lot worse than he really is. It was later revealed that he was suffering with making the weight and subsequently moved up in weight and began to focus on winning a world title at 122lbs, the same division as his good friend Shingo Wake.
Today the Japanese fighter, dubbed "Eagle Eye" took on Thailand's Patomsith Pathompothong (15-6, 5) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา] and looked the best he has as a professional, showing off sharp and accurate punches whilst dominating the Thai en route to a 3rd round KO win against the Thai.
Coming in to this one Patomsith had never been stopped, and had gone 10 rounds last year with Hisashi Amagasa. This time around however he never looked like a man going the distance Iwasa looked sharp from the opening seconds and scored a knockdown in the second round, landing a nasty body shot. The Thai showed his guts to recover to his feet, and see out the round, but the following round Iwasa set off with the intent of seeing off the Thai. Patomsith tried to survive but was eventually finished with 2 minutes 17 seconds gone of round 3.
Following the bout Iwasa made it clear that he was after a world title fight at Super Bantamweight, and we wouldn't be shocked to see him get the fight in the next 12 months, potentially against Wake if he can over-come Jonathan Guzman later this month.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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