Japan's Shin Ono (17-5-2, 2) may not be a fighter known world wide but he is generally regarded by the title bodies as a world class fighter. This has been shown in his Light Flyweight world rankings which include a #5 ranking with the WBC, a #12 place by the WBA and a #14 ranking by the IBF.
Sadly for many Ono is best known for his controversial decision over Omari Kimweri. That bout, over a year ago, saw Ono winning the OPBF Light Flyweight title and claim his biggest win to date. Sadly though it was a tained victory that saw him suffering a nasty tendon injury. That injury forced Ono to vacate the title, that would later be won by Naoya Inoue, and saw him spending the better part of the year out of the ring.
Today Ono fought for just the second time since his bout with Kimweri and managed to clearly out point Takumi Suda (10-10-2, 2) over 5 rounds before the bout was stopped and taken to the for a technical decision.
For the 5 rounds that the fighters did complete Ono really did dominate landing his sharp southpaw straight frequently.
Whilst the bout was a mismatch when it was signed it was all about how well Ono had recovered from his career threatening injury. It appears that Ono has recovered very well and although he'll need to test his body against a better opponent that Suda to be sure it does seem like we're on the verge of getting the old Ono back.
Hopefully Ono will return later this year in a bout against someone a bit more notable as he attempts to get a world title fight before his career is over. As he turns 32 later this year Ono simply doesn't have time to waste any more and now needs fights that lead somewhere rather than fights that just let him get more wins under his belt.
(Picture courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
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