Takayama stops Lefele in six
Katsunari Takayama (47.30kg) proved too strong and experienced for South African minimumweight champion Tshepo Lefele (47.60kg) in scoring a sixth round technical knockout in their IBF mini-flyweight title eliminator.
Takayama from Japan came out fast at the first bell as he took the fight to the South African to score with big shots to the body and head.
Lefele possibly shaded the second round but had no answer to the sustained attack from his Japanese opponent who won rounds three, four and five.
In round six Takayama was in complete control as he battered Lefele against the ropes and when the South African turned his back on him, referee Deon Dwarte wisely called the fight off at 51 seconds into the round.
Takayama takes his record to 24-4; 10 and Lefele drops to 16-5; 10.