That fight saw defending champion Shota Hayashi (29-6-1, 17) [林 翔太] taking on mandatory challenger Kosuke Saka (16-3, 13) [坂晃典] in a bout that looked like a very tasty match up on paper, with the bout serving as the champion's second defense whilst Saka was getting his first title fight.
Although the bout looked good on paper it turned out to be very one sided in the actual ring, with Saka's power being far too much for the brave Hayashi.
Saka looked to press the action from the off, and although Hayashi showed some resistance he never looked comfortable with the younger, more powerful man refusing to back off.
In round 3 Saka's power told cutting the champion around the right eye, hurting him badly and then dropping him. The assault continued when Hayashi returned to his feet until the referee saves the defending champion, who had been all but steam rolled by the aggressive Saka.
For Hayashi the loss ends a 15 fight unbeaten run, and gives him his first stoppage loss whilst also ending his title reign. As for Saka he scores an 8th straight stoppage, and proves once again that he's a real monster. With stoppages over Hayashi, Ryuto Hiroguchi and Takafumi Nakajima no one can argue with his power, even if there is still some work for him to do. It's going to take a geuinely tough fighter to dethrone him, and at this level not mnay fancy their chances against the rising youngster.
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