Just a few short moments ago freakish Japanese puncher Keita Obara (11-1, 10) stopped Filipino fight Jay Solmiano (17-3-1, 13) to claim the OPBF Light Welterweight title.
We were expecting fireworks in this one though we did expect both men to take their time to get going. Instead the bout was all over inside 4 rounds as Obara made a statement both in the fight and afterwards.
Obara, who had given up the Japanese title earlier this year after 2 defences, was forced to tuck up in the early rounds as Solmiano went straight on to the offensive. Although it was eye catching from Solmiano it was pretty ineffective and Obara looked calm through out, waiting for his opportunity to strike.
In the second round Solmiano again continued to be the aggressor early on though this time the opportunity arose for Obara to fire off some counters. Those counters eventually took their tolls and although brave Solmiano wasn't tough enough to take the shots of Obara for too long. In round 4 he was put down and although he recovered he was there for the taking and just moments later he was sent down for a second time, this time he was unable to recover and counted out.
Considering how well Solmiano had fought the last time he was in Japan, losing a debatable decision in an OPBF Lightweight title fight to Nihito Arakawa, this was sensational from Obara though the best was yet to come.
Having just claimed the Light Welterweight title Obara called out Welterweight champion Yoshihiro Kamegai. An Obara/Kamegai fight at 147 or 140 would be bombs away with no chance of going the distance. Both men are iron fisted and it would be the sort of encounter that fans would love to see, hopefully Kamegai is up for the challenge.
(Picture thanks to Boxingnews.jp)
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