Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara (15-1, 14) take part in a stay busy bout as he faced Khompetch Sithsaithong (5-6, 5). The bout, a huge and obvious mismatch, saw Obara hardly break sweat as he destroyed his foe with complete ease.
The Japanese fighter showed his intention early as he landed a spiteful counter right. Khompetch did well to take it but it was clear there and then that he lacked the fire power or skills to get the respect of the heavy handed Obara.
Although Khompetch saw out the first round and remained on his feet it always seemed like he was there for the taking and he was dropped twice in the second round. The first was from a body shot whilst the second knockdown came from a shot up top. It was clear that Obara could finish it when, and as, he wanted.
From the bell to start round 3 it was clear that that was when Obara wanted to finish it and that's what he did, eventually dropping Khompetch for the count.
The bout really was little more than a stay busy bout for the popular Obara who has now scored 13 straight T/KO's. Whilst it was a stay busy bout it's worth noting that this bout was fought above Obara's typical 140lb limit and it seems to have been a step towards a permanent move up in weight. It looks like he can make 140 but isn't going to strain his body to make the weight unless a big bout is available. Instead it looks like the intention is to move to Welterweight in the near future and this was seemingly a dry run, much like his 2014 bout with Rodel Wenceslao. Given the ease with which he won here there is real hope that Obara will be back in the ring later this year, hopefully in a meaningful bout.
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