Earlier today fans at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center saw young hopeful Hinata Maruta (3-0, 2) [丸田 陽七太] over-come Filipino Wilbert Berondo (10-1, 4) to claim the WBC Youth Bantamweight title, the first title of his career.
Maruta quickly took control of the bout using his skills and size to establish himself against the shorter, clumsier, Berondo. It was clear that whilst Berondo had skills he just had no answer to the reach, speed or ability of Maruta and his only attempt to find a solution was to hold and try to frustrate the Japanese fighter.
The tactics from Berondo weren't successful and after 4 rounds he was 40-36 down on all 3 cards and was looking like a man who had absolutely no idea of what to do against Maruta, realising that he couldn't even frustrate the man dubbed "The #1 Hope".
At the end of round 6 Maruta closed the show with a vicious body shot that sent the Filipino to a knee, where he remained for the 10 count, with an official time of 3:03 of round 6.
Maruta's performance further showed why so many are tipping the youngster so highly. It wasn't a puncher perfect performance but it was a thoroughly mature one, and one that showed he's improving with every fight.
After the bout Berondo admitted that Maruta was too tall for him and that he had no solution, describing the whole thing as mortifying and that he found it impossible to land much on Maruta as a result.
Interestingly Maruta's team seemed to suggest that he may need to return to the ring in 90 days if he wishes to defend the title, which could mean a November return for Maruta, or we could instead see him ditching the title to focus on other goals. Notably WBC vice president Rex Walker was said to have been impressed watching Maruta and compared him to Floyd Mayweather whilst saying he was looking forward to seeing what Maruta's future holds.
For fans interested in watching this one, it will be shown on Boxingraise tomorrow!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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