Former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (20-3-3, 13) returned to the ring earlier today for his first contest since his excellent encounter with Takashi Uchiyama last December. Unfortunately for Kaneko he dropped from fighting for a world title to fighting a domestic foe who was a long way beneath him and it showed as he swiftly took care of Shogo Ishikawa (10-7, 3) in just 4 rounds.
Whilst this victory doesn't directly lead Kaneko back into the title picture it's very hard to imagine him not mixing it at title level sooner rather than later. Whether that is a case of him chasing Rikki Naito for the Japanese title, hunting the OPBF title, currently held by Jomthong Chuwatana or returning to the world level for a possible fight with Takashi Miura. Trust us when we say this but we'd really, really love Kaneko Vs Miura in what would be a tremendous all action bout.
On the same card as Kaneko's victory there was also success for another former world title challenger in the form Ryo Akaho (23-1-2, 16) who made very light work of the massively over-matched Songseanglek Phosuwangym (1-11). Akaho took control of the bout immediately and the Thai, who folded after a body shot, had had enough after just 88 seconds.
Akaho, like Kaneko, will be looking for title fights by the end of the year and could well be back to world level if the right opponent arises. Interestingly a fight between Akaho and the winner of the Srisaket/Cuadras fight would be a really great Super Flyweight title fight, though it does seem possible that Akaho could be competing at Bantamweight in the foreseeable future.
It wasn't all good news for Japanese fighters however as former Japanese Middleweight champion Tomohiro Ebisu (12-4, 12) suffered a real set back as he was stopped by Frenchman Kevin Thomas Cojean (14-5-1, 5). The bout was an exciting affair, as every Ebisu bout is, but the monster puncher couldn't finish off the more skills Cojean who scored a beautiful KO with a wonderful counter shot which left Ebisu unable to continue.
(Image, of Kaneko, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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