Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fans had the chance to see IBF mandatory Light Welterweight title challenger Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) [小原 佳太] take part in a short "world title prelude" against Thai novice Petchdam Tor Buamas (0-2), who was genuinely awful.
The bout, sold as a stay busy bout before Obara gets a world title fight in summer against unbeaten Russian Eduard Troyanovsky (24-0, 21), really was as brief a stay busy bout as Obara could have had, though he did manage to make a statement scoring a brilliant knockout inside the opening round.
Obara attacked from the opening seconds and although the Thai looked like he knew how to defend himself he soon took a body blow that saw him unravel as Obara followed up with a devastating uppercut and a right hand that left the Thai flat on his back. As a precaution Petchdam left the ring on a stretcher with some in attendance wondering why Obara's team had felt he was a fitting opponent to shake some ring rust.
For Petchdam the attention turns to wondering what his team were thinking, and why they agreed to put him in with Obara in such an horrific mismatch. As for Obara his team will now work on securing a deal for the Troyanovsky bout, and will be doing their best to get the Russian over to Japan. It would seem likely that Fuji TV would financially back Misako to bring Troyanovsky over, though the Russian's will do their best to secure home advantage as well. That could make negotiations tricky, but we suspect a deal will be hammered out sooner rather than later.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be aired, likely in full, on Saturday on Fuji TV.
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