Every so often fight fans get the chance to be wowed by a young prospect. Today those fans were given such a chance as Japanese youngster Tsubasa Koura (9-0, 6) [小浦 翼] destroyed former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-3, 7) in an unexpectedly one sided contest.
Koura, the 2015 Rookie of the Year at Minimumweight, was taking a huge step up in class here but settled almost immediately and quickly took the fight to Galero who was forced to back up very early on. Within a minute Galero had been cornered, forced to take a huge body shot and looked like a man being broken down, despite the bout still being in it's very early stages.
Galero, to his credit, saw out the opening round but Koura seemed to get stronger and stronger as the round went on and the unfortunate Galero really did take a calculated beating through the round. Desopite the horror first round Galero did try and show some fight in round 2, throwing some huge bombs. Those bombs typically missed and about 2 minutes in to the round Koura began to man handle his man again before landing a vicious right hand that sent Galero down hard and immediately saw the referee wave the bout off.
Whilst it wasn't flawless from Koura it was clear that he impressed not onyl fans but also himself and it's likely that his team will push for titles next year. Given that he stopped a man who went 12 rounds with WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin last year this was the sort of result to really put Koura on the boxing map and could poitentially kick start his rise to world titles in the years to come.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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