Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) score his latest win, as he over-came a a poor Thai import in the 2nd round of a scheduled 8 rounder.
Yap was in control from the off and took his time to really relax into the bout and get a feel for the Thai. Sadly it was obvious that the visitor was well and truly out of his depth and was dropped relatively early in the bout. In the second round Yap went on the hunt, dropping the Thai again, before seeing him off later in the round, in what was quite a dramatice finish.
From what we under-stand the plan is for Yap to defend his title later in the year, potentially against former Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (26-7, 14) [益田 健太郎], however he seems to have eyes on more notable target, calling for a bout with WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] from the ring.
It's unlikely we'll see Yap Vs Yamanaka, though it's clear that Yap is doing all he can to chase a world title bout, and has started to really shine in recent bouts. If he continues winning there is a real chance he could get a world title bout, though we suspect it won't be against Yamanaka, who has bigger fish to fry.
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