Earlier today at the Holy Land of Japanese boxing fans got the chance to see a Shirai Gushiken Gym card. The show, which featured 10 bouts in total, was streamed on the Gushiken ustream channel and full of explosive though one sided bouts with all the contests ending inside the schedule.
Although much of the card, especially the under-card, wasn't worth talking about the trio of headline bouts was certainly of note to fans of Japanese and even Asian boxing.
The first of the 3 notable bouts saw Taiki Eto (13-3, 10) stop the win-less Thai Brukluk Kor Narong Service (0-2) in 2 rounds. For the Thai visitor this was his second successive stoppage loss, following a 2nd round loss to Sho Ishida, whilst for Eto it was a bounce back victory following his own stoppage loss to Yohei Tobe earlier this year.
The second bout was also stopped in the second round as the exciting and hard hitting Akinori Watanabe (31-4, 27) took card of Chatchai Sithsaithong (8-4, 6) in quick fashion. For the 29 year old Watanabe this was his first bout since winning the PABA Light Middleweight crown last November on a card that also featured Koki Kameda narrowly defending his WBA Bantamweight title against Jung-Oh Son.
The final bout on the card proved to be the shorted, by far, as Super Featherweight title hopeful Shingo Eto (14-2-1, 9) made extremely light work of Thai debutant Arnon Sithsaithong (0-1). Arnon lasted just 126 seconds as Eto made a real statement with such a quick blow out win.
(Image, of Watanabe and Chatchai, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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