It's sad to say but not many Japanese fighters are known world wide. Of those there is only 1 who is well known despite having never fought for a world title. That is Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-1, 23) who has fought numerous times in the US facing the likes of Johan Perez, Roberto Guerrero and Alfonso Gomez.
Following losses in 2 of his last 3 Stateside bouts we saw Kamegai return to his Japanese homeland and earlier today marked that return with an easy stoppage win over limited Filipino foe Nelson Gulpe (8-6, 3).
Coming into this one Gulpe had lost his previous 5, including a pair of 4th round defeats in Thailand to Chalermpol Singwancha and Teerachai Kratingdaenggym. Today he was taken out than ever before with Kamegai seeing off the Filipino in round 3 as as "Maestrito" made a statement.
In the first round Kamegai showed no respect to Gulpe, though it showed with some wild shots. In round two the Japanese fighter settled down, landing some solid body shots, before picking up the pace in round 3, dropping Gulpe with a nasty body shot that kept the Filipino down for the 10 count.
Following the bout Kamegai restated that his aim is to, one day, fight for a world title, and whilst we wouldn't rule it out it'd hard to see how he would earn his shot a top tier title, at either 147lbs or 154lbs. Saying that however his style will always make him a fighter than fans want to see more of.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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