Earlier today Japanese youngster Shinba Yamaguchi (1-0, 1) [山口臣馬] made his professional debut, following in the footsteps of father Keiji Yamaguchi [山口圭司], a former WBA Light Flyweight champion.
The 19 year old debutant came forward early and it didn't take long at all for him to land a huge right hand to Thai visitor Buncha Natheekeereekan (1-3), who was dropped hard.
With Buncha down, and looking like he was out cold, the referee did away with the count and waved the bout off. A stretcher was brought into the ring for the Thai, though it appeared he did revive without any issues, and was seen on his stool following the knockout.
Yamaguchi, who needed just 40 seconds for today's win, had gone 29-14 (7) in the amateurs and although that's not an amazing record he did look promising in today's cameo. His win over Buncha was the quickest loss of the Thai's career, though unfortunately it was also his third stoppage loss in as many visits to Japan for the Thai, who has yet to win outside of Thailand.
For those who can't remember Keiji Yamaguchi, he fought as a professional from 1992 to 2002 and ran up a 30-8-1 (11) record. During his career he would win the Japanese and WBA Light Flyweight titles, whilst famously scoring 2 wins over Carlos Murillo. Sadly for him he did suffer defeats to the likes of Hi-Yong Choi, Pichitnoi Sithbanprachan, Jose Bonilla, In Joo Cho and Gerry Penalosa.
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