Saito turned turned professional last year, following an incredible amateur career that saw him go 83-14 and claim an All Japan title. In his first two bouts he easily saw off two Thai's but against Borbon he was up against a man looking to make a statement. So much saw that Borbon shocked everyone in round 1 as he rocked, and subsequently dropped Saito, who looked anything but a talented former amateur star.
Thankfully for Saito the first round knockdown wasn't the end and he saw out the round, as Borbon hunted a stoppage. From then on though Saito began to show his talent, and eventually broke down the Filipino with nasty body work. That body work resulted in Saito dropping Borbon for the count in round 6 with a gut busting shot.
The scare for Saito may be the sort of thing he needs to become the fighter thtn his amateur pedigree suggests he could be. He was over-confident, and tagged hard. If he sticks to his boxing, as he did from round 3 onwards, he could go a very long way.
Whilst the win was a scare for Saito it was an impressive outing for Borbon. He had come in to this bout on a 0-3-1 run, including an opening round KO loss to Takashi Miura, but proved he was better than the numbers suggested and could find himself getting more opportunities against Japanese prospects at, or around Lightweight in the coming years. He gave good value and came to win, something we like to see the under-dogs.
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