Whilst most international fans will know the name Daiki Kaneko due to his loss to Takashi Uchiyama at the back end of last year he's actually very well known by Japanese boxing fans due to his reign as the Japanese Super Featherweight champion. Kaneko, who won the title May 2012, defended the belt 4 times with each of those victories coming by T/KO before he fought Uchiyama for the WBA world title and although they were "only" domestic title fights he did prove himself as one of the most freakishly strong fighters in the division.
The second of Kaneko's 4 defences came against Ryota Kajiki. Kajiki had stopped his previous 7 opponents and at 25 years old was seen as a promising and heavy handed fighter despite having 6 losses on his record going in to this bout. He wasn't just heavy handed but he was also tough having taken Masao Nakamura 8 rounds in the fight before Nakamura became OPBF Super Featherweight champion.
The bout saw both men starting slowly and being somewhat cautious in respect of the other man's power. By the middle of round 2 hour things began to heat up and in round 3 we saw both men begin to unload in bursts on their opponents. It wasn't non-stop action but it was exciting action with both believing they had the power to hurt the other. As the fight continued to heat up and both began taking risks it seemed almost certain that the fight wouldn't see the final bell.
In round 6 Kaneko really turned on the style and went for the kill as he unloaded a heavy assault on Kajiki forcing the referee to stop the challenger who had been braved but was beginning to take a real beating.
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