On the paper the bout was meaningless. Eto was always expected to win and always expected to win with ease, his opponent was, for all intents and purposes, a patsy to make Eto look good.
Paper however only tells half the story in boxing and the bout did have a purpose.
The purpose of the bout was to give Eto a warm up prior to a Japanese Super Featherweight title challenge against unbeaten champion Rikki Naito (10-0, 5). The bout, which was seemingly pre-arranged, will take place on October 13th at the Korakuen Hall on an upcoming "Dangan" card.
For Eto the turn around between now and then might only be 7 weeks or so however having had little more than a sparring session today there is no risk of him being being unable to make that date for what looks likely to be a fantastic fight between two young and promising, though very different, fighters.
(Image, of Naito and Eto, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)