Former amateur standout Shuya Masaki (1-0, 1) began his career in impressive fashion earlier today as he blew away Thai foe Panthong Por Panya (0-1) in just 134 seconds on the undercard of Shinsuke Yamanaka's WBC Bantamweight title defense against Diego Ricardo Santillan. The Japanese youngster, a former star on the Japanese amateur scene, showed a sharp jab before ending the bout with vicious body shots that put the Thai down for the 10 count.
Although relatively unknown outside of Japan we know that Masaki is a fighter who could become well known in the west as he's starting his career at Lightweight and seems likely to bulk into a Light Welterweight, if not a Welterweight, in the coming years.
prior to turning professional the Teiken fighter had an exceptional 54-8 amateur record and at just 20 years old his potential is viewed as being massive. Of this bout didn't really tell us anything new about him, but it's the type of start he'd have dreamed of, after all fighting on major under-card on your debut is pretty much every fighter's perfect start to their career.
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