Earlier today in Osaka Japanese fans had the chance to see former 2-time world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-2, 2) [向井寛史], who scored a very rare stoppage win, in action.
Mukai, who was one of the most notable names on the card which was headlined by Wunderkind Hinata Maruta (2-0, 1) [丸田 陽七太], was battling against domestic journeyman Toshikuni Wake (8-16-3, 2) and the difference in ability was obvious early on.
In the opening round Mukai quickly established his jab, and in the following round opened up a cut on Wake who was beginning to be tagged by straight left hands from Mukai.
In complete control Mukai's team urged him to step it up and he did just that in round 7 as he unloaded a barrage on Wake, who was against the ropes. This time the referee had seen enough and saved the over-matched 32 year old.
This was Mukai's first bout following a stoppage loss to Shohei Omori last year, in a Japanese Bantamweight title fight, and is surprisingly his first stoppage win since a 5th round TKO win against Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth way back in April 2012.
Sadly for Wake this was a third successive stoppage loss and it seems clear that his limitations are seeing him take too much damage, even at the domestic level.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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