Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the heavy handed Yuki Beppu (12-0, 12) [別府 優樹] record his 12th straight stoppage win, to put him tied third on the Japanese list for most stoppage wins to begin a career and 4th on the Japanese list for most successive stoppage wins.
The 2014 Rookie of the Year winner was in a clear mismatch as he took on Lekker Bangkok 2007 (0-2)*, who had also been stopped in his only previous recorded bout more than 4 years ago, but he made the fight look easier than it was sending Lekker down 4 times in just 3 minutes 34 seconds.
For Beppu, who saw the second round for just the 6th time, the intention to score a stoppage was clear from the opening bell.
Now the target for Beppu is to aim for a Japanese record, seeking straight stoppage wins, which would see him breaking the record of the fun to watch Akinori Watanabe, who scored 15 straight stoppage wins between 2004 and 2007. Following on from that record Beppu will then begin to target a Japanese title, hoping to win the domestic title in less than 20 bouts.
The heavy handed 24 year old, dubbed the "Kyushu Tyson", is hoping to return to the ring in May or June and is looking to make a name not only in Kyushu but also in Tokyo, where he has now fought twice.
(Image courtesy of Sponichi)
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