Earlier today Japanese former world title challenger Tomomi Takano (9-2, 6) [高野人母美] scored a potentially career saving victory as she scored a 6th round TKO win over Thai visitor Wondergirl Sithsaithong (0-3)*, and wasn't forced to retire as her manager had threatened had she lost.
Prior to the bout Keiichiro Kanehira had put the pressure on his charge, telling her he'd retire her if she lost. That pressure seemed to inspire Takano who began the fight by sticking to her strenghts, keeping the bout long and making the most of her reach advantage, landing 1-2's and the occassional left hook. The shots quickly took effect, reddening the visitors face. With the bout under her control Takano moved up the gears and dominated the poor Wondergirl in rounds 2 and 3, before the Thai became desperate, throwing bombs that regularly missed the target.
In round 6 a big attack from Takano to start the round forced the referee in to save Wondergirl, after just 21 seconds of the round, giving Takano a much needed win, and potentially setting up a showdown with Ayumi Goto, who was ringside for the contest and has spoken about facing Takano for the OPBF female 122lb title.
Interestingly Japanese sources listed Wondergirl as 7-2 (2) entering this bout, though it does seem like this was her third successive defeat, making her less than wonderful.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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