Japanese fighter Hurricane Futa (21-6-1, 12) [ハリケーン風太] wasn't in the mood to wait around earlier today as he made his Australian debut, and made it a brief one.
The Kashimi fighter wasted no time at all in seeing off popular Australian Will Tomlinson (25-3-1, 13), taking just 40 seconds to land a concussive left hook that forced the Australian down and out.
Futa had last been seen in Mexico, where he lost to the monstrously hard hitting Jhonny Gonzalez and many expected him to put up a brave losing effort here against Tomlinson, who had only lost to Jerry Belmontes and world champion Francisco Vargas prior to this bout. Other however had the suspicion that the Vargas loss had taken a lot from Tomlinson who hadn't looked great against either Adone Aguelo, whom he got a genuine gift against, or Hero Tito, with Tito giving the Australian fits at times.
What no one had expected however was for Futa to stop him inside a minute to claim the WBA "interim" Oceania title and probably end Tomlinson's once promising career. The Aussie had started his career 21-0-1 (12) and had caught the eye of several notable international promoters, including some in the US who had hoped to build his career prior to his loss to Belmontes. This loss however leaves Tomlinson's career looking like a relative waste given the hype and attention he had been given. It also ends the lure of a match up with domestic rival Billy Dib.
Interestingly Futa had been booked, prior to this fight, for a card on September 11th. Given this win he'll be making that show with no issues at all.
On the same card Kimika Miyoshi (13-9-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳] suffered a wide decision loss to Shannon O'Connell (13-4-1, 7) in a bout for the WBC Silver female Super Bantamweight title. Miyoshi had her moments, hurting O'Connell several times during the bout, but the judges seemed to over-look those moments to give almost everything to the home fighter.
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