Last night fans in Mexico saw Japanese visitor Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, 3) [山元浩嗣] suffer an opening round defeat to monstrously big punching Jhonny Gonzalez (62-10, 52).
Viewed as a clear under-dog going in to the bout Yamamoto came out with positive intent looking to let his hands go, however the experience of Gonzalez was the difference with the local star looking for openings. Despite throwing plenty of shots Yamamoto hand landed little before Gonzalez's shots started to come and around 80 seconds in it was clear that Gonzalez didn't want a long fight.
A little more than 2 minutes into the fight Gonzalez caught Yamamoto with an uppercut followed by a shot to the back of the head, scoring what the referee deemed a knockdown. That was the start of the end, and not too long afterwards Gonzalez dropped Yamamoto hard with a single shot, forcing the referee to wave off the bout.
For Gonzalez the bout sees him retain his WBC International Silver Super Featherweight title, for the third time, whilst Yamamoto suffered his first opening round defeat.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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