Earlier today Jaoanese fight fans in Hyogo saw a genuine surprise as talented youngster Riku Kano (11-3-1, 6) [加納 陸] was stopped by Filipino Jerry Tomogdan (23-8-4, 11) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
The Japanese youngster started well, and took the first two round of the bout by using his speed and skills, but in round 3, with Tomogdan building his confidence, thw tide seemed to swing with the Filipino having his first real success.
Tomogdan's confidence went from good to better in round 3 as he broke through Kano's defense and dropped him with a body shot, put the Japanese fighter in real problems at the end of round 4. To his credit Kano saw out the the round but it was clear that he'd been hurt, big time, from the shot.
Kano tried to bounce back in round 5, but struggled and it seemed clear he was still carrying the lingering effects of the body shots. The same body type of shots told in round 6, as Kano was dropped for the second time. This time he stayed down for the count, in absolute agony taking the 10 count and taking his first stoppage loss.
For Tomogdan the win sees him netting the WBO Asia Pacific title, and taking a huge step towards getting a WBO world title fight later in the near future.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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