TOKYO, Japan — Takashi Uchiyama’s (23-0, 19 KOs) dominance of the super featherweight division continued Wednesday with a second round knockout of previously undefeated Jomthong Chuwatana (9-1, 4 KOs).
Uchiyama’s straight right hurt Chuwatana in the first, but the Thai challenger used good defense and counter-punching to prevent a follow-up shot despite losing the round.
He would not be so fortunate in the second round.
Uchiyama feinted a left jab, causing the southpaw Chuwatana to duck to his left and head-on into a powerful right cross.
Chuwatana toppled backward in slow motion and laid motionless, prompting referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. to cut the count short and award a technical knockout.
Uchiyama’s win was his 10th successful WBA title defense since 2010. The win opens the door for a potential rematch with WBC title-holder Takashi Miura, who scored his own devastating KO last Friday over Billy Dib. Uchiyama won a eighth round corner stoppage over Miuira in 2011.[youtube https://youtu.be/3goXMttUcw8]