Earlier today Japaese Youth Super Bantamweight champion Takuya Mizuno (14-1-1, 12) [水野拓哉] scored his second defense, as he stopped Daiki Maniwa (6-2-1, 4) [馬庭大樹 in the 6th round of their clash.
From the off Mizuno looked to set the pace but Maniwa's wasn't going to fold and rocked Mizuno in round 2, showing that the champion had to be respectful of the challengers's power. Sadly for Maniwa from there on it was down hill, as Mizuno moved up through the gears and gruadually upped the ante, wearing down the challenger with his pressure.
By the end of round 4 Maniwa looked to be fading quickly, with his movement slowing and his power fading. From then on it looked like it would only be a matter of time. Maniwa landed some desperation blows the following round but in round 6 the referee saved the challenger, who had taken a quite a bit of punishment by that point and looked well beat.
With the win Mizuno moves a step closer to fighting for the more senior Japanese title, and although he would still be regarded as the under-dog against the top domestic fighters he is improving fighter after fight.
For Maniwa he showed he is dangerous, but there is clearly work to be done and improvements to be made.
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