A new week in the boxing world kicked off earlier today with a show at the Korakuen Hall which featured 2 highly touted Japanese prospects who both did as they were supposed to and claimed notable wins.
The first of those wins came for the destructive punching Kenta Onjo (3-0, 3) who stopped Ryuji Ikeda (6-2-1, 2). Onjo was taking a big step up as he battled against the Japanese #15 ranked Lightweight Ikeda though his counter punching and power did their job as he dropped Ikeda for the 10 count following a power straight right hand.
Onjo had, up to this point, beaten just Thai debutants so this win is eye opening and could well help him enter the Japanese rankings. For Ikeda, who was the all-Japan Rookie of the year at 135lbs, this ends a 4 fight winning run and a 6 fight unbeaten streak.
In the other major bout the very, very highly touted Naoto Uebayashi (5-0-1, 3) stopped Indonesian veteran Anis Ceunfin (16-19-5, 6). Ceunfin had been stopped just 7 times in his previous 39 bouts and had heard the final bell against the likes of Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat, Hirofumi Mukai and Denkaosan Kaovichit though couldn't take the power or accuracy of Uebayashi.
Ranked by the OPBF there is a lot of excitement about the 27 year old Uebayashi who was a former amateur stand out. His talent and potential was on show here though it was a step back after beating Marjohn Yap last time out.
(Photo, courtesy of http://boxingnews.jp, shows Uebayashi lining up a right hand on Ceunfin)
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