Japanese warrior Koki Eto (19-4-1, 14) [江藤 光喜] has long been a fighter that we suggest to any fight fan who likes to watch exciting wars between battling fighters rather than enjoy the sweet science side of the sport. That warrior mentality that we love about Eto was seen again today when he over-came Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-2-3, 5), but had real problems getting the win.
From the off Blazo came out with mean intent and let his heavy hands go from the opening moments. That power quickly took an effect on Eto who was dropped after around a minute and rocked several other times in nightmarish opening round for the local favourite. It was a clear 10-8 round and left some questioning whether Eto would fare any better in the second round.
Blazo, still with plenty of wind in his sails, came out for round 2 as he had for the opener and hurt Eto again during another good round for the visitor, though one that all 3 judges scored against him surprisingly. It seemed however that Eto was beginning to get going and round 3 was a much better one for Eto, who was also helped by Blazo suffering a nasty cut from a clash of heads. Although it was a good round form Eto he was rocked himself in a round of real 2-way excitement that had the round picked as being the best round on the card.
Sadly for Blazo he seemed to have shot his loud somewhat by round 4 and Eto begin to use his skills in a more intelligent manner, winning the round with relative ease whilst Blazo began to slow. The Filipino continued to slow in rounds 5 and 6 before having a more competitive effort in the 7th, a round that one judge gave him.
Sadly for Blazo he was unable to finish strong and Eto could sense things, dropping Blazo with a body shot early in the round. Blazo was never able to recover and was dropped twice more in the round before the referee waved off the action giving Eto an 8th round stoppage win,
Although Eto took the spoils of victory we were genuinely impressed by Blazo and would love to see more of him and maybe with a full time team behind him he could go places. His power is nasty and at 112lbs with more work on his stamina he could be a real nightmare at Oriental level. For Eto the idea might be to move towards a world title bout, but this performance was poor and he'll need to sort out a lot of things before facing quality opponents again, it was however a better performance than his narrow win over Michael Escobia back in May.
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