Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a genuinely shocking result as the light punching Yukinori Oguni (17-1-1, 6) [小國 以載] scored a surprising 5th round TKO win over Thai veteran Mike Tawatchai (38-9-1, 21) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา], in a bout between IBF world ranked fighters.
On paper the bout looked to be a well matched one with both having top 10 rankings with the IBF. It turned out,. however, to be a mismatch.
In the opening round Oguni's jab seemed to be the key weapon, with him managing to control the distance with it, though Tawatchai did manage to get a straight right hand through.
In round 3 Oguni started to show unexpected power with his right hand, dropping Tawatchai who seemed to be lucky to hear the bell. Oguni tried to jump on Tawatchai to start round 4 but the Thai saw off the storm, at least that wave of it.
In round 5 Tawatchai's luck ran out with Oguni landing a series of hard right hands that sent Tawatchai to the canvas, with the referee immediately waving the bout off.
For the Japanese fighter this was a career best performance and should boost him up the IBF rankings, possibly even helping him secure a rematch with Shingo Wake, the only man to have beaten him. Interestingly Wake was unable to stop Tawatchai when the two met in a world title eliminator last year.