#3 Funai stops #7 Olivo in IBF 115lb eliminator for #1 against Ancajas

By Joe Koizumi

Hard-punching Japanese Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22 KOs), 114.75, seized the right to have a mandatory shot against the IBF titleholder Jerwin Ancajas as #3 Funai scored a quick victory over #7 Victor Emanuel Olivo (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 115, by stopping the Mexican at 2:09 of the second round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Funai, 33, caught Olivo with a vicious right cross and badly dropped him for the compulsory eight count. Though Olivo, 22, resumed fighting, he sank to the deck again with referee Robert Byrd (US) promptly calling a halt at his second visit to the canvas.

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