Earlier today fans in Tsukuba, Ibaragi, saw Japanese warrior Tatsuya Takahashi (25-6-4, 18) [高橋 竜也] score a 5th round TKO victory over Thailand's Petchmai Sor Praithong (1-8)*.
The bout saw Takahashi ease his way into the fight, behind his jab and soon afterwards he got his right hand landing on to the body of the Thai, who looked incredibly slow in comparison to the the local favourite. By the end of the second round Takahashi was starting to raise the pace and break down the Thai who was looking to fight back with straight right hands. Unfortunately for the visitor his shots failed to keep Takahashi honest and in round 5 the Thai was dropped following a flurry.
Petchmai managed to get to his feet before the 10 count but was wobbling and forced the referee to save him rather than allow Takahashi free shots.
Following the win Takahashi stated that he would be back in the ring on January 13th and that he wanted a Japanese title fight. At the moment it's unclear whether that ring return in January will be a title fight, or will just be an eliminator, but either way it'll be great to see Takahashi in a major bout again. The last time we saw him in a notable bout was 2014, when he fought a Japanese Bantamweight title bout with Kentaro Masuda in a bout that was genuinely brilliant, and another bout against Masuda or some other top Japanese national contender would certainly be something we'd be excited about.
For those who haven't seen it before we have included the TV footage of Takahashi Vs Masuda below.
*Japanese sources suggest that the Thai, also known as Parkin Phakdeepin, is now 11-10 (2)
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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