Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fans saw former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (26-5-3, 18) [金子 大樹] score a 7th round stoppage win over the durable Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-15-5, 2) [東上剛司], who suffered his first stoppage loss in 33 fights.
The powerfully built Kaneko took early control of the bout behind his stiff jab, and began to make inroads very early as Tojo began to be forced backwards. To his credit Tojo tried to fight back but lacked the pop to get Kaneko's respect, even when he landed some impressive looking counters off the ropes.
By round 5 Tojo was beginning to look a beaten man, with a notable cut opening up in roudn 5 over his left eye lid. The doctor would take a look as the cut, and swelling, grew worse in round 6 but let Tojo continue to fight on. The veteran tried to fight his way back into the bout but it was to no avail and in round 7 an attack from Kaneko forced the referee to save the beaten Tojo.
After the bout Kaneko stated that he was going to begin the hunt for a Japanese title fight, as he looks to become a 2-time champion.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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