One of the few active Japanese fighters who has made an impression stateside is Yoshihiro Kamegai (23-1-1, 20). The former Japanese Light Welterweight champion has fought 3 times in the US beating Hector Munoz, fighting to a draw with Jorge Silva and suffering a defeat to Johan Perez.
Today Kamegai returned to action for the first time since his disappointing defeat to Perez and made a state stopping Australia's Tim Hunt (16-4, 6) and claiming the OPBF Welterweight title.
Hunt entered the bout as the #1 ranked OPBF fighter and showed good movement early on. It was as if Hunt had seen how Perez had beaten Kamegai and wanted to use a similar game plan. Unfortunately for Hunt however he lacked the toughness of Perez and it didn't take Kamegai long to connect with his nasty power.
The good start of Hunt's was completely undone as Kamegai began to land his thunderous shots to the mid-section. It was those shots to the body that began to slow down Hunt and with the Australian slowing Kamegai got to work, finally stopping Hunt in round 5.
Kamegai, as a result of this victory, is now the OPBF Welterweight champion. We hope this will lead to major fights domestically between Kamegai and Suyon Takayama or Takayuki Hosokawa or even Akinori Watanabe.