On Monday fans at the Korakuen Hall saw talented Japanese fighter Masayuki Ito (17-1-1, 8) claim his most significant win to date as he stopped Dai Iwai (17-4-1, 6) and claimed the OPBF Super Featherweight title, stopping Iwai in the 10th round. The win was Ito's second title fight and came immediately after his first, a razor thin loss to Japanese national champion Rikki Naito back in February.
Rather than relaxing after his biggest win to date it seems Ito has already set his sights on bigger and better achievements and has said that he doesn't want easy fights and that instead he wants to raise the level that he's competing at by fighting better opposition.
The 24 year old boxer-mover did look like he had learned a lot since the Naito fight. A lot of that was learned when he was on the road as part of an training camp in the West. It appears that what he learned was on show in the ring and that he has really developed as a fighter, fixing the flaws in his game and learning more about when to put his foot on the gas.
It seems that a combination of his development, his hunger and his win yesterday has seen him aim his sights on world level competition. That of course means that he's now interested in WBA "super" champion Takashi Uchiyama and WBC champion Takashi Miura. He'll know that those two won't be interested in him for now however the fact he is already thinking about fights at that level is great and given that his most recent bout is set to be televised, on Fuji TV this coming Saturday, and that he's getting a growing fan base will make him an attractive target in the future, if he keeps winning.
Whilst he's made his target of a world title public he hasn't yet mentioned a ring return. We know it'd be far too soon to assume anything but we wouldn't be surprised to see him face Daiki Kaneko, if Kaneko over-come Masao Nakamura on August 21st.
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