Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans saw former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (21-1-3, 12) take a 5th round TKO victory over Indonesian journeyman Ichal Tobida (10-13, 8).
Miyazaki, fighting for the first time since he suffered a shock loss at the hands of Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, looked impressive from the off and took control of the bout immediately. The level of skill between the two men was really immeasurable and it was clear that Miyazaki was a man who hadn't just made weight with ease but was also returning to the ring intent on impressing.
In round 5 the Japanese fighter did as he had promise and stopped Tobida. Miyazaki managed to drop Tobida around a minute into round 5 and during the count the Indonesian's cornerman threw in the towel accepting their man was on to a hiding to nothing. The official time was 1 minute 9 seconds into round 5.
After the fight Miyazaki told the fans in attendance that he wanted to become a world champion again and fight stronger opponents. It seems likely that that will be at Light Flyweight, returning to the weight class that saw him struggle to make weight back in December 2013.
For those wondering about the particulars of this bout it was an 8 round contest fought at a contracted 50KG, a weight Miyazaki made easily with 300g's to spare.