Earlier today fans in Okayama City saw Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) successfully defend his OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the 4th time as he stopped South Korean challenger Jaesung Lee (17-4-2, 9). The bout in Okayama City saw Wake fighting in the city he was born in for the first time and although his performance wasn't punch perfect it was more than good enough to see off the #1 challenger for his title.
Wake, a speedy southpaw, landed sharp left hands from the off but Lee showed the typical Korean fighting spirit and refused to back down. In fact Lee made things difficult for Wake using an awkward style that made Wake think twice about taking too many risks.
Despite the awkward approach of Lee the shots of Wake were taking their effect on the challenger who was starting to look weary in the middle stages of the fight.
Lee, for all his toughness, was simply unable to be competitive and in round 9 he was sent out of the ring following some powerful shots from Wake. Lee managed to recover before the count was complete but the damage was done and early in the following round he was stopped as Wake gave the fans the ending they all came to see.
Following the bout Wake announced that he was chasing a world title, with his aim is to fight for a world title in his very next bout. Although no names were specifically mentioned we'd really like to see Wake fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux, who's manager has made it clear that opponents have been avoiding him. The bout would see Wake as a big under-dog but could see him posing Rigondeaux some issues courtesy of his own speed, counter punching and south paw stance.
If a bout with Rigondeaux cannot be made then we'd still love to see Wake fighter either Leo Santa Cruz or Scott Quigg. He'll likely have to wait until next year for either of those opponents but it'd be worth the wait to see Wake competing on the world stage.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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