Earlier this year we saw Teiken southpaw hope Kenji Ono (11-2, 5) [大野 兼資] score a brilliant win over Jun Takigawa, in a bout that had multiple knockdowns and an incredible amount of action. The win over Takigawa put Ono on our map as an exciting and gutsy fighter, always worth keeping an eye on. Today however Ono was made to look foolish and fragile as he was stopped, inside a round, by the unbeaten Seigo Yuri Akui (9-0-1, 5) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟].
Whilst Ono had made his name with the win over Takigawa he was also known for being the 2014 All Japan Light Flyweight Rookie of the Year. That however was no help as he took on the 2015 All Japan Flyweight Rookie of the year, and found that Akui was too big, too powerful and too strong.
Ono was downed very early in the fight and was stopped a little over 2 minutes in to the bout with Akui struggling to miss Ono, who never seemed to recover from the knockdown.
Staying with Rookie of the Year winners the card also featured the 2015 All-Japan Super Flyweight Rookie of the year Hayate Kaji (6-0, 5) [梶 颯], who made light work of Thai visitor Sitthiphong Saithong (0-2), who was stopped after just 138 seconds. That might not seem like a lot of time, but it was enough for the Thai to hit the canvas 3 times as Kaji's power proved to be too much for the visitor.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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