Earlier today Japanese Super Featherweight Shingo Eto (14-2-1, 9) scored a very quick and impressive stoppage over Thai debutant Arnon Sithsaithong (0-1). It took Eto just 126 seconds to score the victory.
On the paper the bout was meaningless. Eto was always expected to win and always expected to win with ease, his opponent was, for all intents and purposes, a patsy to make Eto look good.
Paper however only tells half the story in boxing and the bout did have a purpose.
The purpose of the bout was to give Eto a warm up prior to a Japanese Super Featherweight title challenge against unbeaten champion Rikki Naito (10-0, 5). The bout, which was seemingly pre-arranged, will take place on October 13th at the Korakuen Hall on an upcoming "Dangan" card.
For Eto the turn around between now and then might only be 7 weeks or so however having had little more than a sparring session today there is no risk of him being being unable to make that date for what looks likely to be a fantastic fight between two young and promising, though very different, fighters.
(Image, of Naito and Eto, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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