Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese power puncher Keita Obara (17-2-1, 15) [小原 佳太] claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title as he scored a 2nd round stoppage of Thai visitor Saddam Kietyongyuth (26-3, 21) [ซัดดัม เรือไวกิ้ง].
Obara started well, using his jab to controlthe range for much of the opening round, though Saddam did have some moments of his own as he looked to press the action and force Obara on to the back foot.
In round 2 Obara picked up his offense and dropped Saddam with a left hook. To his credit the Thai got up but a follow up attack forced the referee to save the Thai, who was taking a beating before the eventual stoppage.
The win for Obara sees him claim his first Welterweight title, and become the latest Japanese fighter to collect the triple crown, winning Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles. Interestingly the win will also push Obara into the WBO Welterweight rankings and could, potentially, help him secure a second world title fight. Fo Saddam the bout was a painful defeat and it's likely his career is now set to fade into relative obscurity.
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