World ranked prospect Shohei Omori (13-0, 8) continued his rise through the ranks earlier today as he dispatched national rival Bunta Mitaka (6-2-2) in just 3 rounds.
Mitaka, the 2013 Rookie of the Year at Super Bantamweight, was expected to give Omori some sort of competition, as it turned out however the bout was a complete mismatch with Omori looking in control from the opening round.
To begin the fight Omori boxed cautiously behind his sharp jab. It immediately forced Mitaka to look for openings that were never really there. From then on Omori eased himself into the bout before landing a thunderous straight left in round 3 that shook up Mitaka. A follow up attack put Mitaka on the ropes and soon afterwards the referee was forced to step in and save the out matched Mitaka.
Although this was a straight forward win in the end for Omori it was a good ending to the year for the man who was last seen dominating former world title contender Cristian Esquivel and began the year with a clear victory over Yubon Kaneyama.
From what we understand Omori will be turning his focus to title fights in 2014. Whether that will be at Bantamweight or Super Bantamweight doesn't yet seem to be clear though what is clear is that this youngster is a star in the making with serious power and quickly improving skills. Don't be surprised if Omori becomes one of the next stars of Japanese boxing.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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