Akui, who claimed the Al Japan Rookie of the Year crown last year, looked fast from the off and Uchinono struggled with the speed and timing of the younger man, who could hardly miss. Although he was being tagged Uchinono tried to fight back, that however was a mistake as Akui began to hold his feet more and in round 3 he started to target the body. That was the start of the end and the referee had to save Uchinono, who had no answers for the youngster.
Although this was Akui's first 8 round he really shone, headlining the card and dominating, building on his triumph last year and scoring a secind successive stoppage win, following an opening round blow out against Hideaki Yamaji. This was the type of performance that establishes him as a true prospect.
It's fair to say that Uchinono never got into the bout. He was the under-dog and lost as expected, but it was the quickest he'd ever lost, with the likes of Sho Kimura, Koki Ono and Koji Itagaki being unable to see him off so quickly, and he had fought to a close decision with former Japanese title challenger Hayato Yamaguchi earlier this year.
The youngster may not be getting much attention but he did look like a genuine star in the making here and could be worth following closely over the coming years.
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