We often consider the Japanese Middleweight division to be weak with Ryota Murata standing out like a sore thumb and the only one likely to make a mark on the world scene. Despite the relatively thin division there is still plenty of excitement generated by some of the fighters, including the heavy handed Koki Tyson Maebara (7-1-1, 7).
Earlier today Maebara scored his 7th KO in 9 bouts as he destroyed Thai visitor Petchsuriya Singwancha (12-9, 6) in the 4th round. On paper this doesn't look like a great win however Petchsuriya was better than his record indicated and was riding a 7 fight winning streak which has seen him win, and defend, the WBC Youth Light Middleweight title.
The Japanese fighter, a 21 year old powerhouse, has said that next year he will be targeting a Japanese title fight and will likely be very interested in the December 6th bout between Akio Shibata and Makoto Fuchigami. Although he is only ranked #6 in Japan it's fair to say he could well end up with a show very quickly given that Murata, the #1 ranked fighter, appears to have no interest in the belt.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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