October 4, 2014
World-rated Suguru Muranaka (21-2-1, 7 KOs), 112, impressively kept his national flyweight belt when he embalmed Yusuke Sakashita (12-5-2, 7 KOs), 112, with a single right shot at 2:42 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. As they furiously exchanged hot rallies from the outset, it became a very competitive affair with the open scoring of all 48-47 in the champfs favor after the fifth session. Sakashita, much better than expected, rained a barrage of light but sharp straight punches to the champ, who retaliated with more damaging combinations to the face and the midsection. Muranaka, a persistent puncher, finally caught the game challenger with a breathtaking right, which put him prone to the deck with the referee Tsuchiya declaring a stoppage without taking a count (therefore, to be registered as a TKO, not a KO). People hadnft regarded the champ as a hard-puncher, but he proved he could punch with his astounding power this night, if not compared with newly crowned WBC ruler Roman Gonzalez. Muranaka is currently rated WBC#5/WBA#8/WBO#6/IBF#5.
Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.
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