The Japanese domestic scene at Super Featherweight and Lightweight are extremely strong right now with real depth in both divisions. That depth has seen some fighters becoming over-looked as others have taken the spotlight. One of those to have been over-looked is Masayuki Ito who showed his ability against Masao Nakamura earlier this year. Although talented Ito has a reputation as someone who is happy to box off his jab and not look for a stoppage.
In his most recent bout however we found out that Ito can stand his ground, put his punches together and land hurtful shots when he feels like making a statement. That's exactly when he did when he faced Filipino fighter Ryan Sermona. Sermona was forced to eat some very heavy shots very early in the bout, those shots, although not concussive, were damaging enough to open up a cut that results in Sermona being stopped inside a round.
(Footage courtesy of nov K)
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