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Keita Obara fell to a second-round TKO to hard-punching Russian champion Eduard Troyanovsky on Friday in his first IBF light welterweight title bout.

The third-ranked Obara, 29, got off to a subdued start in the first round and was overwhelmed by his 36-year-old counterpart in the second, faltering on a straight right and a left hook before getting knocked out of the ring with a flurry of blows on the ropes.

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