In 2014 we were highly impress by Japanese youngster Takeru Kamikubo (8-1, 5). He had shown all the tools needed to go a long way in the sport and seemed to know that fighting to his strengths was going to help him reach the top.
Last year Kamikubo went 8-0 (5) in a busy year that saw him show off an impressive jab, intelligent movement and a solid understand of the box-and-move mentality that has worked for so many fighters.
Sadly however today Kamikubo tried to run before he could walk and he cam up very short short against former Japanese title challenger Atsushi Aburada (10-7, 6) who showed off his dangerous power and stopped Kamikubo in just 121 seconds.
The 18 year old Kamikubo started brightly though things went down hill quickly when Aburada managed to cut the distance. A sharp right hand from the more experienced man then forced Kamikubo to unravel as the youngster was down for the first time in his career. Kamikubo did get to his feet but was down for a second time, and then a third time forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
Although talented the youngster has been "exposed" in some ways with his inability to take a shot now being a major flag to all subsequent opponents. As for Aburada this win keeps him relevant on the Japanese domestic scene and another title fight may not be out of he question later this year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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