OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (16-4-2, 9) again stated his case as one of Asia's elite fighters at 122lbs as he stopped Japanese based Filipino Jovy Katumata (10-3, 4) and made the 3rd defense of his title.
Katsumata, real name Jovylito Aligarbes, entered this bout as the WBC Youth Super Flyweight champion and unfortunately this summed up the contest fairly well. Jovy was too small, going from Super Flyweight to Super Bantamweight, too inexperienced and unfortunately thrown to the wolves.
Jovy came out fighting confidently to start with but he lacked the skills and power to have any effect on Wake who used his skills to intelligently counter and apply pressure on the youngster in the opening round. Unfortunately Jovy he really couldn't handle anything that Wake did and a hard hook from the champion left Jovy down for the full 10 count.
After the fight Wake seemed to suggest that his intention for 2014 was a world title. Although the champions at 122lbs are pretty decent with the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux there are some title opportunities out there if Wake can wait. We already know that IBF champion Kiko Martinez will be fighting Hozumi Hasegawa and WBA "regular" champion Scott Quigg will be fighting Nehomar Cermeno. Wake against the winner of either of those bouts would certainly be interesting and give him a decent chance at winning a world title this year.
Incidentally Wake's intention of moving on to a world title fight could see Yasutaka Ishimoto (24-6, 7) moving his attention to the OPBF Super Bantamweight title when Wake vacates it.
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