Starting his career in February 2004 at the age of 18, orthodox boxer Akinori Watanabe has now been pro for 10 years and has built up a career of 31-4-0. Watanabe now moves into the final stages of his career. Watanabe's longest KO streak is 15 fights long out of his 35 pro career fights.
In an impressive debut, Watanabe kept his calm and defeated Yasuhiro Okawa over 4 rounds via a judges decision. This was only the 5th time Okawa had been taken the full distance. Watanabe continued his pro journey, which was mostly successful at this point, by fighting 18 fights following his debut. Fights against boxers such as Farhad Bakirov, Kazutaka Nishikawa and Hiroaki Maekawa followed including 2 times in 2004, 4 times in 2005 and 12 times through 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Watanabe entered his next fight with 14 wins and took this to 15 with a win against Jonatan Simamora on May 23rd, 2007. Watanabe was the first person to stop Jonatan Simamora and he did it in the 2nd round via KO.
Farhad Bakirov was up next for Watanabe on September 17th, 2007. Watanabe continued with his winning streak by beating Bakirov. Watanabe was the first person to stop Farhad Bakirov and he did it in the 8th round via TKO.
The first defeat of Watanabe's career came against Tadashi Yuba on December 6th, 2007. Watanabe's fight against Tadashi Yuba was Watanabe's first stoppage defeat and also, the first defeat of his career. This came via KO in the 1st round of a 10 round fight.
Watanabe's next defeat of his career came against Tsuyoshi Kamiishi on April 21st, 2008 taking his career record to 16-2-0. Watanabe was stopped by Tsuyoshi Kamiishi in the 1st round of a 10 round fight via TKO. It was Watanabe's 2nd stoppage defeat in his career. Watanabe continued his success in the next 15 fights taking his record to 29 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws.
Keeping his losses at 4, Watanabe fought on November 19th, 2013 beating Kyung-suk Kwak via RTD. This took his record to 30-4-0 showing quite the successful career to date. The win happened in the 4th round of a 12 round fight via RTD.
Akinori Watanabe added another win to his record by beating Chatchai Sithsaithong on August 22nd, 2014, upping his record to 31 wins. Watanabe's win against Sithsaithong was only the 4th time Sithsaithong had been stopped. The fight finished in the 2nd round of a 8 round fight via KO.