Yesterday Japanese fans in Chibu had the chance to see former WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4) [田中恒成] in action, as the talented youngster moved to 108lbs and did a number on Filipino fighter Rene Patilano (15-2-2, 7).
Coming in to this bout Patilano was world ranked by the IBF but was made to look second rate as Tanaka easily dominated the Filipino, who was dropped for the count in the 6th round.
Tanaka, fighting for the first time since vacating the world title, looked like a man glad to move up in weight and was razor sharp and lightning quick. Every shot he seemed to throw was hurtful as Patilano found out when he was dropped.
The bout, which was drubbed a "world title prelude" for Tanaka, saw the youngster make a statement with the stoppage win and it's now clear that he is chasing a world title fight, with a probably title fight against Ryoichi Taguchi later this year.
For Patilano it's back to the Philippines where he will begin to rebuild his career, and attempt to rebuild bis dreams of becoming a world champion.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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