Takashi Uchiyama made the 10th successful defense of his WBA super featherweight title today in Tokyo, knocking out Thailand's Jomthong Chuwattana early in the second round.
Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KO) looked the stronger fighter in round one, as he appeared to hurt Jomthong (9-1, 4 KO) about a minute into the bout with a straight right hand, then began to clinically smash away at the challenger, picking him apart and pushing him around the ring. But Jomthong would not go quietly, as he took the risk and opened up with his own power shots. He still wasn't getting the better of things, but he was at least showing the courage to fight back.
The second round didn't last long, as Uchiyama landed a vicious right hand that dropped Jomthong quite awkwardly, as the Thai southpaw seemed to almost bounce internally from the impact of the blow. He hit the canvas, the referee began a count, and then he pretty quickly cut it off, ruling the fight over. Given that Jomthong remained on the canvas for a few minutes, it was certainly the right call. Uchiyama had momentarily separated him from his senses.
The official time of stoppage was 1:15 of the second round.
At 35, Uchiyama still looks devastating, and still looks like the best 130-pound fighter in the world. Maybe Mikey Garcia could form an argument, but he's MIA. There did appear to be some sort of callout of WBC titleholder Takashi Miura, who was seated ringside, but the Thai TV broadcast cut away just as that had come up. The two previously met in 2011, with Uchiyama stopping Miura after eight rounds.
On the undercard, Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2-1, 9 KO) successfully defended his WBA junior flyweight title with a TKO-8 win over Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-4-1, 26 KO).