Unbeaten Japanese youngster Takumi Sakae (11-0, 7) maintained his unbeaten record earlier today as he claimed his first professional title and moved a step closer to a potential world title fight.
Sakae was fighting against Thailand's Jaipetch Chaiyonggym (4-3, 2), AKA Jaipeth Sithsaithong, in a bout for the IBF Youth Light Flyweight title. On paper the bout was a mismatch however the 21 year old from Kitakyushu did get a good work out before stopping the Thai in the 7th round.
Sakae who is world ranked by the WBA, was fighting in South Korea in his first international bout and was one of 3 successful Japanese fighters who took part in title bouts on the KBF sanctioned show. With this win we suspect he'll claim a low IBF ranking and open up opportunities to go either the IBF route or the WBA route to the top.
For Jaipetch this is his 3rd stoppage loss, and in many ways it's his worst so far as the other two have come to world class Filipino's in the form of Denver Cuello (RTD7) and Jonathan Taconing (TKO3), it will however serve as a huge boost to Sakae to have his name mentioned alongside those two excellent Filipino fighters.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxing.or.kr)
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