One of a number of Japanese fighters on the fringes of a world title fight is the exciting but crude Ryo Akaho who often looks like a man who wants a tear up rather than a boxing contest but who seems to have genuine lead in his fists. That lead was seen recently when he scored a vicious looking stoppage against Antonio Tostado Garcia. Garcia looked out gunned from early on and never seemed capable getting Akaho's respect before being stopped.
What's notable here is that Akaho looked to the referee almost as if to ask him to save Garcia before the crowd made shocked noises by the fact Garcia wanted to continue after the second knockdown. With that in mind real credit needs to go to Garcia for his heart, though he was thoroughly outclassed, out powered and beaten up.
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