Earlier today Japanese fans saw OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (14-3-1, 8) [竹中 良] score the first defense of his title as he easily over-came the woefully over-matched Akira Shono (9-8-2, 5) [正野 晃] in 6 one sided rounds.
The talented Takenaka, who almost over-came Hisashi Amagasa back in 2014, was heavily favoured to make the first defense of the title that he won last year when he scored a brilliant KO over the then champion Vinvin Rufino. The heavy favourite tag wasn't a problem for the champion who looked several league above the challenger from the opening round.
From the opening round Takenaka found the range for his 1-2's which were landing, almost at will. The most telling shots seemed to be to the body though it wasn't long until the power of the champion was damaging the face of the challenger, who was cut around the left eye, with cuts resulting from both a head clash and from a punch.
After 4 rounds one judge had, some how, given Shono a round, with the open scoring being announced as 40-36, twice, and 39-36. Sadly for Shono that was as close as he came to making things competitive and he was dropped in the following round as Takenaka began to up the pace. With Takenaka letting more offense go Shono looked totally out of his depth and that was shown clearly in round 6, before the referee stopped the contest with 80 seconds of the round gone.
For Takenaka this is the first defense that he needed, though we now hope that we get to see him in with some more notable names at 126lbs, for example bouts with Satoshi Hosono, Takuya Watanabe, Rikiya Fukuhara or Hozumi Hasegawa. As for Shono, who is a very interesting man outside of the ring, we suspect this could be the end of his career as a fighter, and we wouldn't be shocked if he returned to acting, where he has gained a solid reputation.
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