November 19, 2018


IBF#6/WBO#7 free-swinging but notorious for weight-making failures, Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22 KOs), 122, displayed his trademark rough-and-tumble performance in dropping over-matched Naoto Mizutani (5-5-1, 2 KOs), 121.5, twice to halt him at 2:45 of the sixth round in a scheduled eight on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Akaho, 32, had tasted a couple of defeats with world belts at stake, only losing to compatriot Yota Sato (L12) and Thailandfs Pungluang Sor Singyu (KO by 2). Ryo, as usual, threw a brutal, wild and round-house swing at a time, and demonstrated his superior power to the less experienced Mizutani, formerly a captain of Rikkyo Universityfs boxing club prior to entering the paid ranks. Akaho, least sophisticated but superior in physical power like Battling Siki, finally dispatched the intimidated loser, flooring him twice before a towel was thrown in for surrender. If properly handled in conditioning, Akaho might zoom up again with his potential power and gifted hand speed.


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