Japanese prospects seem to be popping up all over the place in recent times, and it looks like Watanabe may have two of the best in the form of Masataka Taniguchi (4-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] and Hiroto Kyoguchi (3-0, 3) [京口 紘人], who were both in action earlier today and both looked sensational.
The first to get in the ring was OPBF ranked Light Flyweight Taniguchi who took on a Thai foe, who held an alleged record featuring 19 previous bouts with 10 wins. The Japanese southpaw took a few moments to feel his way into the bout, using calculated and intelligent pressure to force his opponent on to the back foot. In round 2 was saw Taniguchi really begin to open up on his over-matched foe with some blistering combinations and spiteful body shots, eventually dropping the Thai with a massive left hand. The Thai was up immediately but it was clear that he wasn't going to last the schedule.
In round 4 Taniguchi started fast and aggressively dropping the Thai for the second time in the fight before landing some lovely combinations and eventually ending the fight with a huge straight left hand that left his poor victim turning away and stumbling, forcing the referee to halt the contest.
Although not quite yet ready for a title bout Taniguchi will likely see himself in the mix during the next 12 months.
Whilst Tanuguchi was impressive his stablemate was even better as he dismantled the much more testing Kenichi Miyazaki (10-3-1,3) [宮崎 拳一] in 3 rounds.
On paper this bout was a great test for the young unbeaten man, and a considerable step up in class, but it turned out to be a show case for the former amateur stand out who really looks like a fighter on the fast track. The opening round proved to be competitive at times, but was clearly a round for Kyoguchi who was simply too quick, too accurate, too talented and too dynamic for Miyazaki. Miyazaki tried to defend himself by Kyoguchi would regularly find holes in his defense with some sensational shots. In round 2 the unbeaten man upped the combinations and really landed some incredible shots late in round.
If Miyazaki thought he'd seen the best of Kyoguchi in round 2 he would have been quickly corrected with the the Watanabe hopeful starting round 3 fast and dropping Miyazaki in the early stages following a series of body shots. Although Miyazaki clearly beat the count the referee almost immediately waved the bout off as Miyazaki rose to his feet.
Whilst the result,and performance, were impressive it'll be fair to say that Kyoguchi's team will have seen him take a few shots and may well work on just tightening the defence before he next fights, especially as his next fight could potentially be a Japanese, OPBF or WBO Asia Pacific title bout.
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