IBF#1 WAKE FINISHES SABU IN TUNE-UP; PROMOTER KANEHIRA WANTS TO STAGE IBF 122LB TITLE BOUT IN JAPAN


February 17, 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN

IBF#1 junior featherweight, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs), 123.75, decked a fine victory in a tune-up bout prior to his IBF 122-pound mandatory crack when he impressively finished Indonesian national champ Waldo Sabu (7-3, 2 KOs), 120.75, at 1:25 of the fifth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. While anticipating an outcome of the highly expected unification bout between IBF ruler Carl Frampton and WBA titlist Scott Quigg on February 27, Wake appeared before a well-packed crowd at the Korakuen Hall to be active and prepare for his IBF mandatory shot this summer.

It was the taller lefty Wake that quickly took the initiative with his handspeed and aggressiveness, which had the Indonesian constantly retreating. Sabu, however, occasionally threw wild swings but Wake averted them well with his swift footwork to counter with precision. Wakefs straight lefts often bounced off the game Sabufs jaw, but the Indonesian showed his heart to fight back with roundhouse blows in the air. The fatal fifth witnessed Wake pin him to the corner with a flurry of punches from all angles to have the referee Fukuchi toll the count with the loserfs handler tossing in the towel for surrender.

Wakefs promoter Keiichiro Kanehira of Kyoei Promotions positively said afterwards, gI strongly wish to stage an IBF 122-pound mandatory title bout between the Frampton-Quigg winner and Wake here in Japan. As Wake is so popular as you see tonight, Ifm willing to have his dream come true here. I believe Wake will dethrone either Frampton or Quigg.h Kanehira is the flamboyant impresario that previously made an extraordinarily lucrative offer to Guillermo Rigondeaux against Japanese challenger Hisashi Amagasa and successfully materialized it on New Year Eve in 2014, as international insiders have been well aware of. Our aficionados also pay great attentions to the British confrontation in end-February.

Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.

(2-17-2016)


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