Kaneko is a fighter well known on the Japanese domestic scene but only just known on the international stage. He is however a man we think international fans are going to see a lot over the coming few years.
Aged just 17 when he began his career Kaneko suffered 2 losses in his teens. One of those losses was a 5th round TKO defeat at the hands of Mitsuya Omura back in 2007. Following that Kaneko rebuilt his career, found his man strength and became a bit of a phenom on the Japanese domestic scene running up a 16 fight unbeaten run. Included in that run was a Japanese title winning effort, against Seiichi Okada, and 4 defences.
For Kaneko his 4th defence would likely have been the most pleasing as he finally got revenge over Omura, and in very quick fashion, stopping his challenger inside a round.
Interesting Omura actually failed to make weight for the bout. That didn't help him however and the man he had beaten as a boy 6 years earlier was now a man on the verges of a world title fight, a fight Kaneko got 4 months later. Although Kaneko lost that one, dropping a decision to Uchiyama, he had proven himself as a tough fighter with the potential to be a world champion sooner rather than later.
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