Earlier today Japanese fans in Kobe saw former OPBF Minimumweight champion Ryuya Yamanaka (14-2, 4) [山中 竜也] score the quickest win of his career so far, as he blasted out Thailand's Khanongmek Sithkrukong (0-2).
Yamanaka, who won the OPBF title last year but vacated it without making a defense, looked the quicker fighter from the very first moments, as his jab looked sharp. Although Yamanaka looked the quicker man the Thai did try to fire back, throwing a wild right hand.
Whilst the Thai hadn't come to lie down he was forced to, after a brutal body shot from Yamanaka sent him down in agony, where he stayed for the full 10 count.
The win, after just 99 seconds, was the quickest of Yamanaka's career by far and seemed to suggest that he was just in there to make a statement before a potential world title bout later in the year. This bout may not serve as the greatest warm up for a bout at world level, but it gets him a quick win and won't harm his world rankings, with both the WBO and WBC.
Although it's unlikely that Yamanaka would be favoured in a world title fight right now he is certainly one of the rising contenders in the division and and seems to be building a loyal fan base.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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