She’s a knockout: Japanese beauty Ayumi Goto keeps winning streak going with impressive victory in HK

The 28-year-old model-turned-boxer destroys her opponent inside four rounds to notch her seventh straight victory in super bantamweight at DEF Fight Night 15 at the Convention and Exhibition Centre

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 May, 2017, 10:26pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 May, 2017, 1:09pm

Japan’s Ayumi Goto stretched her unbeaten record to seven straight wins as she electrified the crowd with her power punching to destroy her opponent inside four rounds in the main event of Saturday night’s DEF Fight Night 15.

Goto, the 28-year-old former glamour model, is considered a prospect at super bantamweight and she didn’t disappoint the crowd at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as she recorded her fifth knockout success, this time overpowering Thai teenager Sumanthar Baenkham.

The referee stopped the fight one minute, 25 seconds into the fourth round for a TKO after southpaw Goto, using her better reach, rained down a series of unanswered blows at the Thai. Goto had Baenkham in trouble early in the bout, connecting with her left cross.

Her straight right hand was effective and it set her up for her left hand, which she landed almost at will. The 16-year-old Baenkham’s record dropped to 1-3.

“My opponent was tougher than people think. I will work hard and improve my skills and will come back to Hong Kong again to fight,” said Goto, who celebrates her 29th birthday this week.

“Hopefully when I do come back to Hong Kong, it will be for the WBO world title. If I do go for the world title next time, I will perform my best in Hong Kong.”

Promoter Jay Lau Chi-yuen, the manager of “Wonder Kid” Rex Tso Sing-yu, said Goto had used her longer reach to great effect.

“When her opponent got close, Ayumi used her right jab to keep her distance and quickly moved away. She did very well,” said Lau, who is considering signing the Japanese fighter to the DEF stable.

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Meanwhile, Hong Kong-based Briton, Tom “Tommy Gun” Taw or TGT scored victory in his middleweight contest against debutant Chan Chun-hin. Taw, coming back from an earlier loss in March, threw hooks that found its target. The referee stopped the fight 22 seconds into the fourth round for a TKO victory that improved his professional record to 3-1.

Filipino Crison Omayo defeated Japan’s Makoto Matsuyama by unanimous decision in their super flyweight contest after compatriot, Takuya Watanabe had earlier scored a third-round KO over Terdchai Doungmontree of Thailand.

“I’m very humbled and proud to be part of the growing boxing scene in Hong Kong. Thanks for all my friends who have supported me and that KO was for my coach Ibrahim [Labaran of DEF gym] who always pushes me to the max,” said Taw.

There were a total of 13 bouts on Saturday night and it was held to also help pave the way for young up and coming young boxers to break into the professional ranks.