The big punching Japanese youngster needed just 176 seconds to see off the Thai who simply couldn't take Beppu's power when the Japanese puncher let his shots go, mid way through the opening round. As soon as Beppu found his range that was essentially the start of the end for Kiewon.
Beppu is now just 2 wins away from the Japanese KO run records, held by Akinori Watanabe and Tsuyoshi Hamada who both ran up 15 successive stoppage wins. Not only is he running up an impressive KO run but he's now made it clear that he also wants to chase a Japanese title with talk that he may well get a title fight in the next 2 fights. Potentially he could tie the Japanese KO record in his title fight.
On the same card today fights fans also saw former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (24-6-4, 16) [高橋 竜也] claim a 3rd round stoppage win over a very limited Thai foe. This win is likely to help move Takahashi to a second title fight though we suspect that he is still a few fights away from that shot.
*Boxrec list Kiewon as being 0-2
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)