Around a year ago we saw popular Japanese fighter Shingo Wake (21-5-2, 13) [和氣 慎吾] suffering a damaging loss to Dominican puncher Jonathan Guzman. Today we saw Wake return to the ring as he faced off with former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-14-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人] , and really didn't look like a man who had been out of the ring since last July.
Wake quickly took control of the bout, using his sharp footwork to create the space he needed to land some sharp southpaw left hands. To his credit Seto didn't look like a man who was worried, but it was clear he was up against it, and as the bout went on Wake became ever more comfortable, landing shots, keeping control of the range and tempo and really doing as he pleased with Seto.
Due to the frequency with which Wake was landing his shots took a clear effect on Seto after a few rouns, with Seto swelling over the right, and under the left, eye. The swelling gave the sharp shooting Wake two clear targets.
In round 5 Wake began to unload with a series of shots which forced Seto's corner to throw in the towel and save their man, who was looking beaten, and battered by the time they got involved in the outcome.
After the bout Wake seemed to realise he was rebuilding his career, but clearly has his eyes on a second world title bout down the line. As for Seto this is probably the end of his long, and hard, career.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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