Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo had the chance to catch the latest of the "Dangan" shows. The card, on paper, was one of the most interesting of the Dangan cards so far this year despite only featuring a single title fight.
The one title fight was an OPBF Flyweight title contest that saw the always fun to watch Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13) record the second defense of his title with an 8th round TKO win over the game but limited Yuki Fukumoto (17-10, 5).
Early on Fukumoto seemed to surprise Eto who seemed unsteady for a moment in the opening round and although Eto had some success in the second round he certainly didn't look like the over-whelming favourite that we had him pegged as being. Eto's failure to really settle was shown again round 3 as he dropped the round and, after 4 rounds, the open scoring was 38-38 on all 3 cards.
In round 5 things began to click for Eto who began to break down Fukumoto. The challenger was brave but he was beginning to feel the full force of Eto's shots which sent him to the canvas in round 7. From then on it seemed like a matter of time before Fukumoto would fold, though he did grit his teeth and fight back. Sadly for the challenger that was his final hurrah before he was stopped mid-way through round 8.
After the bout Eto stated he was focused on getting a world title fight. He'll need to start quicker than this if he's to win a world title, however we'll certainly enjoy watching him battle with anyone, as he's rarely in a poor fight.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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