KAKUTANI WINS IN COMEBACK FIGHT


December 31, 2013

OSAKA, JAPAN

Having been demolished by Mexican Adrian gConfesorh Hernandez with the WBC light-flyweight belt at stake in Mexico, Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7 KOs), 111.5, returned to action and dropped Thailandfs #1 ranked 108-pound contender Thaminkhao Sor. Tharnthip (12-10-1, 5 KOs), 110.75, three times en route to a fine knockout win at 2:22 of the second round in a scheduled eight beneath a world title show on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. Kakutani, however, floored Confesor in the opening session despite his defeat. The Osaka resident was fresh and furious enough to batter the Thailander and bring home the bacon early. Kakutani is gunning for a shot again either in the 108-pound or 112-pound category.

Hard-hitting ex-OPBF super-feather champ, IBF#6 ranked Masao Nakamura (18-1, 18 KOs), 134.5, one of the brightest prospects in Osaka, was also an easy TKO victor over Thailandfs Fasaghan Or Benjamad (17-14, 7 KOs), 134.5, at 2:11 of the second session in eight. Nakamura once held the OPBF belt but lost it via first round demolition by Filipino southpaw Ronald Pontillas in the first round in 2011. But the 25-year-old hard-puncher scored five wins all within the distance since.

Unbeaten prospect, WBA#10 super-fly Sho Ishida (15-0, 8 KOs), 114.75, collected another victim in finishing an overmatched Thailander Comeback Wor Por Srisaket (7-3, 2 KOs), 113.5, at 1:15 of the first session in a scheduled eight. The 5'6" Ishida's short right was a haymaker.

Promoter: Ioka Promotions.

(12-31-2013)


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