That man was 18 year old Hinata Maruta (1-0) who debuted against IBF #10 ranked Bantamweight Jason Canoy (24-6-2, 18) and shone with a clear 6 round decision win.
Coming into the bout there was a number of notable things about Canoy. Firstly, he had never been stopped, secondly he had mixed with good company, such as Rey Loreto, Oleydong Sithsamerchai, Oleksandr Hryshchuk, Giovanni Escaner and Nikolay Potapov and thirdly he was coming into the one on the back of an opening round TKO win against Drian Francisco.
Despite a reputation as a heavy handed tough guy Canoy could do little to trouble Maruta who looked every bit a star in the making.
From the first round Maruta established his range, used his jab and made the most of his natural traits, including a significant reach and height advantage. It was whilst using his reach to land the jabs and straights that Maruta inflicted facial damage to the Filipino who was left cut around the left eye.
Maruta wasn't however with just cutting Canoy and instead seemed to seek a stoppage. As part of his assault Maruta landed a brutal body shot that dropped Canoy in round 3 and an attack in round 4 almost had the Filipino out of there, though Canoy did manage to see out the storm.
Despite bossing the fight there was negative with Maruta's performance, which saw the youngster being deducted a point and suffering a cut eye, from a clash of heads. As a result of the point deduction the cards did look closer than the fight really was, with the judges scoring it 59-54, 59-56 and 58-55 for Maruta.
The win was a very impressive one for a debut and it now seems likely that Maruta will return in March, with the youngster said to be targeting another world ranked opponent. For Canoy this was a painful loss, though that he seemed to accept came against a better man and someone who is likely to become a world champion very quickly.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)