Not every fighter is blessed with dynamite power that breaks defences, renders opponents unconscious and instils fear into all opponents. Even with out dynamite fists a fighter can score stoppages, especially when they have speed, timing and great shot selection. Those 3 traits were on show early in the career of Masayuki Ito.
Ito scored his first stoppage when he was fighting in his third and stopped Shunshuke Takatsu inside a round. The stoppage, not one of the best we've seen from a referee, came after Ito scored a beautiful and hard knockdown with a stunning and quick right hand.
Unfortunately for Takatsu his stumble on his way to the corner following the knockdown allowed the referee to halt the fight even if the fighter himself did seem to be fine.
Whilst certainly still not a puncher Ito has become a very good boxer and has actually stopped his last 3 opponents, including Jeffrey Arienza in a bout that saw Ito winning the WBC Youth Lightweight. The stoppage over Arienza came with Ito just unloading on the Filipino until the referee stepped in. Again a lack of power was on show but his volume amongst other things made up for it.
As we write this we're looking forward to Ito's fight with the big punching Masao Nakamura. The fight with Takatsu is unlikely to bear any relevance on the Nakamura fight but was one of the few full fight videos we could find of Ito in action.
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