Wake's record, as we can all see, is less than stellar. Less than a year prior to his fight with Oguni things were even worse for Wake, who was, in July 2012, sporting a very mediocre looking 10-4-2 (5) record. It's fair to say that with a record like that no one would have expected Wake to turn things around as dramatically as he has.
The victory over Oguni was Wake's 13th as a professional and just his 6th stoppage. The performance, the most impressive of Wake's career, saw the then challenging Wake put on a master class of boxing on the move. He often made Oguni force the action and then made Oguni pay for the mistakes he was making. It was wonderful sharp shooting by a masterfully talented boxer who appeared to have some real belief in his reflexes and timing.
The level of skill and confidence that Wake showed was more than what one would expect to see from a man with such a unattractive win-lose ratio though it did show off just how talented he really was.
Following on from Wake's victory over Oguni was have seen the Japanese sharp shooter record two defenses of his OPBF title, both by stoppage.
The first of Wake's defenses came against Eita Kikuchi just 3 months after Wake had won the title. Going in to the bout Kikuchi was very highly ranked by the WBA and he, like Oguni, was expected to defeat Wake. Wake however hadn't been reading the script and dominated Kikuchi from the opening bell. Within a round Wake had dropped Kikuchi and from then on it was easy for Wake who again impressed with his speed, movement and accuracy. Although Kikuchi had entered the contest as a world contender he left as a man who was unlikely to ever become a title holder at any level.
Most recently Wake defended his title by stopping Filipino challenger Jhunriel Ramonal. Although Wake was expected to defeat Ramonal, the first time he was expected to win in an OPBF title fight, he wasn't expected to make light work of the Filipino. Ramonal, in his only previous fight for a OPBF title, had given Hiromasa Ohashi a very tough contest over 12 rounds and whilst he had been stopped thrice two of those stoppages had come early in his career.
Wake will now be looking for his 3rd OPBF title defense as he battles Japanese based Filipino Jovylito Aligarbes (10-2, 4). Although the fight isn't a forgone conclusion, it is hard to see Wake losing his title to a fighter like Aligarbes. What is more likely is that Wake stops Aligarbes then either vacates the title or looks for a major fight with the winner of the upcoming Hidenori Otake/Takafumi Nakajima bout. A win against the Otake/Nakajima winner should put Wake within touching distance of a world title bout.
Whether or not Wake would win a world title is something that's difficult to make an assumption about, though it's clear that he's in the form of his boxing career.