Tanaka, who won the title last year by defeating Filipino Vergel Nebran via a very narrow decision, had previously defended his belt once, via a a 90 second blow out over Thailand's Norasing Patanakan Gym. There was however a big step up from Norasing to Bajawa and this was expected to be a good test for the unbeaten man.
Despite the fact Bajawa was expected to be a better test than Norasing things turned out not to be that simple and instead Bajawa was no match for Tanaka who applied pressure from the off and eventually broke down the Indonesian.
Although Bajawa's record of 12-6 does look good he has now lost 4 of his last 5 including an opening round blow out defeat to Ryo Matsumoto and it seems unlikely he will ever pose a threat to anyone of any sort of note. In fact it seems likely that Bajawa will merely be used as a foreign import to pad records with as opposed to a fighter travelling from Indonesia to win fights.
(Picture courtesy of boxingnews.jp)