Earlier today in South Korea fans saw Japanese visitor Takuya Watanabe (23-5-1, 11) successfully retain his IBF Asia Featherweight title as he scored a 5th round TKO victory over Thai challenger Non Sithsaithong (12-7, 8) in what was Watanabe's first defence of the title.
The Japanese fighter was fighting for the third time in Korea. His first bout there was a bloodbath as he was narrowly beaten by Jaesung Lee, whilst his second bout there saw him claiming the IBF Asia title with a stoppage win over Yodpichai Sithsaithong.
Although currently unranked by the IBF it's fair to say Watanabe is intent on changing that, and defending his regional title does appear to be the best way for him to climb into the world rankings. Sadly however defending against the likes of Non is less than impressive and Non came into this fight having lost 3 of his last 4 bouts, dating back to 2013. Unlike most fighters however it is good to see Watanabe travelling for his fights and this was his 4th successive fight on the road and his 5th outside of Japan in less than 2 years.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxing.or.kr)
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