When you think of hard hitting Japanese Super Featherweights the first name that springs to mind is Takashi Uchiyama, a man so destructive as a puncher that he is dubbed "KO Dynamite". Your second would probably then be WBC champion Takashi Miura, another vicious puncher who attacks with a nasty mentality.
There is also a third massive punching Japanese Super Featherweight, Masao Nakamura.
Nakamura, known as the "KO King" ran up 12 straight KO's before being upset by Ronald Pontillas in 2011. Since then however he has bounced back with 6 successive KO's including an opening round blow out of Thailand's experienced Fahsai Sakkreerin who lasted just 100 seconds with Nakamura. In fact Nakamura's ring walk and introduction lasted longer than the bout.
Despite lasting less than 2 minutes we did get to see plenty of action, including 3 knockdowns of Sakkreerin who simply couldn't stand up to the power of Nakamura.
This was the second stoppage loss in 3 fights for Sakkreerin who had been stopped 2 fights earlier in 2 rounds by Rances Barthelemy. At the time of writing Barthelmy is the IBF Super Featherweight champion and is being targeted by Michael Farenas.
For Nakamura this win has helped boost him towards a world title fight though before that he will need to get past Masayuki Ito in a very interesting contest to close out July 2014.
Hard hitting Japanese Super Featherweights seem to be the order of the day right now with WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama, AKA "KO Dynamite", and WBC champion Takashi Miura being the most well known. Below those two is another major puncher, Masao Nakamura, AKA "The KO King".
Nakamura began his career in 2006 and scored 12 successive KO's before coming undone in 61 seconds against Ronald Pontillas. Since that loss he bounced back with a subsequent 6 KO's including an opening round stoppage over Thai veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin who dropped 3 times in just 100 seconds.
The bout, fought on 14th of October 2013, was expected to be a decent match up though Nakamura's power was simply too much for the Thai.
As we write this Nakamura is preparing for a fight with the unbeaten Masayuki Ito, it's thought that if he can beat Ito he'll be fighting Uchiyama later this year in a potentially explosive WBA world title fight. As for Sakkreerin we think the Thai is likely to be heading towards retirement though at 32 he may well continue to fight on the Thai domestic scene.
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