By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Having failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Takashi Uchiyama despite dropping the champ last December, WBC#8/WBO#8 Daiki Kaneko (20-3-3, 13 KOs), 130, displayed a fine form in whipping ex-OPBF challenger Shogo Ishikawa (10-7, 3 KOs), 130, and finally halting him at 2:40 of the fourth session on Saturday in Toyohashi, Japan. Kaneko, a 25-year-old stylish boxer-puncher regarded as a future world champ, proved too fast and strong for his victim, taking the initiative from the outset and hurting him in every round. His accelerated attack in the fatal fourth prompted the referee Biney Martin’s intervention, just after which Ishikawa fell down with Kaneko’s effective combinations. We look forward to watching a rematch between Uchiyama and Kaneko in the near future since Kaneko showed the best performance as the challenger against the champ through his eight defenses.
French light-heavyweight Kevin Thomas Cojean, 168.25, scored a come-from-behind knockout over former Japanese middleweight ruler Tomohiro Ebisu at 2:10 of the second session in a scheduled eight. It was a busily give-and-take affair as Ebisu at first dropped Cojean with a vicious left hook following a solid right, but Cojean floored him back with a strong right in the same first round. Ebisu suffered a heavier damage and came out fighting with rubbery legs in round two, when the Frenchman connected with a wicked left hook that put him prone for the full count. It was a short but thrilling see-saw battle.
World-rated bantamweight Ryo Akaho, 120.25, needed only 1:22 of the opening session to dispose of Thailander Songsaenglek Phosuwangym, 120.25, in a supporting event. His left uppercut to the belly was a haymaker.
Promoter: Yokohama Hikari Promotions.