Japanese fighter Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11) has had a frustrating few months with various issues keeping him out of the ring since last July, when he stopped South Korean Jaesung Lee in 10 rounds. There was some worries that that sort of break would take it's toll on the sharp shooting Japanese southpaw, instead however it seems like it fired him up.
The Koguchi gym fighter was in the ring earlier today, defending his OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the 5th time. In the opposite corner was Filipino challenger Jimmy Paypa (16-3-1, 6).
Paypa had never been stopped, in fact both of his losses were close and controversial with a majority decision defeat back in 2009 to Jerwin Ancajas and a split decision loss to John Paul Bautista the following year. He had gone 14-0-1 (6) since the loss to Bautista and had climbed into the OPBF rankings.
Today Paypa was made to look like little more than a journeyman as Wake blew him away in just 179 seconds. Paypa had landed one or two shots of note though they had little effect on Wake who dropped Paypa hard with a counter uppercut that sent Paypa down hard. He tried to get to his feet but was unable to beat the count.
Following the bout Wake made it clear that he was after a world title and that he was willing to travel if he needed to. The strong indication however is that Wake's team from Kyoei will be in touch with Gary Hyde over the next few days to try and secure a bout between Wake and unbeaten Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10), who currently holds the WBA "super" and WBO Super Bantamweight titles, and is known in Japan following his memorable bout with Hisashi Amagasa at the end of last year. It's a bout Wake and Hyde have both mentioned and it seems to be something that suits everyone involved.
Gary Hyde indicates Wake Vs Rigondeaux is likely later this year!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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