With all the hoo hah about the end of year action in Japan it's been easy to over-look smaller stories. One of those was the win, yesterday, scored by Kosuke Saka (15-3, 12) [坂晃典], who scored his 7th straight stoppage win as he took out over-matched Thai Apisak Puttawong (1-4, 1) inside a round at the Abeno Ward Center in Osaka. The win wasn't a major one but has followed a string of good wins including stoppages over Ryuto Kyoguchi, Tetsuya Nishinaga, Burning Ishii and Takafumi Nakajima.
The string of wins has helped move Saka to a top JBC ranking and he'll be just as interested as the rest of us in the end of year bouts as he is now set to take on the winner of the December 31st contest between Shota Hayashi (28-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] and former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (31-5-2, 14) [下田 昭文].
Also in action yesterday, in fact in the main event of the card, fans saw former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (18-5-1, 11) [角谷 淳志] score a 5th round TKO win against Atsushi Aburada (11-11, 6) [油田 京士]. The win essentially keeps Kakutani in the mix for another title fight at domestic level but will likely end any dreams of Aburada to get a title shot.
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