It's not been the greatest year for Teiken fighters, with Takashi Miura losing the WBC Super Featherweight title, Shinsuke Yamanaka being made to look poor by Anselmo Moreno and Ryota Murata failing to shine in his US debut. Despite that their has been some positives to take from the year, including the development of the very exciting Shuya Masaki (3-0, 2).
On Friday Masaki fought for the third time as a professional and scored his most impressive victory so far.
The unbeaten 21 year old was up against the more experienced Fumio Ujihara (4-3, 3) and despite the gulf in experience Masaki, a former amateur stand out, really impressed.
From the opening round Masaki looked relaxed and confident whilst establishing his boxing. Ujighara was allowed to attack but was consistently kept at range. That range changed when Sasaki changed it and in round 3 he upped the pace dropping Ujihara 3 times to secure the TKO win.
The win for Saksaki was an excellent one, and now it seems likely that he will progress into 8 or 10 rounders in early 2016. For Ujihara however the loss won't really set him back. Few expected him to really Sasaki who many are tipping to be the next star from Teiken.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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