Japanese Bantamweight contender Ryosuke Iwasa (19-1, 12) put bad news behind him earlier today and put on a performance to saviour as he announced himself as a fighter heading to the top.
Earlier this month Iwasa was putting the finishing touches to his training ahead of an IBF world title eliminator against Sergio Perales (24-2, 16) only to see Perales pull out of the bout with an injury. Iwasa's team scrambled to find an opponent for their man, even contacting British fighter Lee Haskin's at one point, though were unable to secure a notable opponent for their man. This left Iwasa with a less than attractive match against little known Filipino Ricardo Roa (12-10-2, 4).
Iwasa had promised to look good and come away with a victory though some fans had wondered whether Iwasa could really "get up" for a bout against Roa, especially considering the disappointment of Perales's pull.
In the ring Iwasa really delivered beating Roa with ease and hardly breaking a sweat whilst doing so. Straight from the off Iwasa found a home for his southpaw jab and by the end of the opening stanza he had left Roa cut around the right eye. It was clear, after just 3 minutes, that Iwasa wasn't going to mess about and that he wasn't in the mood to waste time.
In the second round Iwasa stepped up slightly and battered the over-matched Roa until the bout was eventually halted with Roa looking completely out of his depth.
Following the bout Iwasa made it known that he was now fully focused on getting a shot at IBF world champion Randy Caballero (22-0, 13).
To get the bout with Caballero, best known by Japanese fans for beating Kohei Oba last year, we may well end up seeing Iwasa on the road and travelling to the US for what would be a very attractive match up for both the fighters and fans.
(Image courtesy of Celes Kobayshi's blog)
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