Earlier today saw the ring return for former Japanese and OPBF Minimumweight champion Ryuji Hara (19-1, 11), who had been out of the ring since last October's loss to the sensational Kosei Tanaka.
Hara's loss to Tanaka saw the youngster losing the OPBF title but showing himself to be a talented and gutsy fighter in an exceptionally high-level bout that really showed how good Hara was. Today however Hara was in soft as he took on Petchnamchai Sor Sakulwong (1-3, 1).
On paper the bout was a total mismatch, however Petchnamchai had never been stopped, and had gone the distance with decent fighters like former world title challenger Shin Ono. Today however that changed that Hara dismantled him in the second round of the bout.
Following the bout Hara spoke about a potential world tile fight. Whilst that talk may be premature, considering his loss just a couple of fights back, it is worth noting that he lost to a genuinely world class fighter who went on to win a world title yesterday.
At the moment Hara's options for a world title fight would appear limited but a shot at a belt later in the year certainly isn't out of the question.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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