Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (9-0, 5) [拳 四朗] record his first defense of the title as he crushed Filipino challenger Lester Abutan (11-6-3, 5) in 3 rounds.
From the opening seconds the naturally bigger champion seemed to establish his distance and use both his speed and size to take control. Abutan looked to land his land hand but lacked the timing or accuracy to land cleanly on the champion.
The second round saw Ken Shiro look to box at range behind his jab, and land uppercutts when Abutan got up close, with one of those uppercutts visibly shaking the challenger.
A straight right hand from Ken Shiro in round 3 rocked Abutan, who was dropped soon afterwards. Although Abutan got to his feet a follow up attacked forced the finish with the Filipino taking a battering before he was saved.
After the bout Ken Shiro, again, stated he was after a world title fight, and it seems almost certain that 2017 will be the year for him to break into the world title scene. For Abutan the loss was his first stoppage loss, and showed just how out of his depth he was here.
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