Of the 4 Japanese fighters who hold some major title at Bantamweight one of them really looks a class apart from the others. Shinsuke Yamanaka (19-0-2, 14).
Yamanaka, arguably the best fighter on the planet at 118lbs, proved once again why he is so highly regarded as he blasted out world ranked challenger Jose Nieves (22-3-3, 11) of Puerto Rico in just 160 seconds.
Regarded as one of the hardest punchers in the division, if not pound-for-pound, Yamanaka would make his power felt early and Nieves was on the back foot from the off. A left hand to the body seemed to make Nieves even more cautious of opening opening up though his footwork failed to keep him away from Yamanaka who saw a chance to land his left and took it.
Nieves, put in full defensive mode inside 2 minutes was then tagged again by a straight left upstairs that sent him stumbling backwards in to a corner where he took the full 10 count.
Yamanaka will honestly have had tougher sparring sessions than this, however he'll have struggled to have made a more impressive statment, a statement that is likely to keep him distanced away from both Tomoki and Koki Kameda, two fighters will want no part of Yamanaka on this performance.