The next one down the picking order is Japanese national champion Rikki Naito who really made a statement earlier this year when he claimed the Japanese Super Featherweight title with a very impressive win over Hiroyasu Matsuzaki. This was Naito's break out win and his first title win. It may not have made him a star but it certainly showed that he had the potential to go a very, very long way if he continues to improve.
This bout showed off Naito's speed, skills and movement and he really impressed us in giving such a mature performance against a much more experienced fighter. It really was a coming of age fight from the youngster who now looks like being a future world champion.