Last night fight fans in Puerto Rico saw local KO artist Angel Acosta (16-0, 16) continue his perfect stoppage run as he secured a 10th round TKO victory over Namibian fighter Japhet Uutoni (12-2, 5).
The bout was a final eliminator for the WBO Light Flyweight title, and not only were Puerto Rican fans in attendance but so to was WBO Light Flyweight world champion Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成], who was scouting the bout knowing he would have to face the winner in the near future.
With Acosta claiming the win he now has 90 days to reach an agreement with Tanaka for a mandatory title fight before the contest heads to purse bids. At the moment it's assumed that Tanaka's team, headed by Kiyoshi Hatanaka, are in Puerto Rico to reach an agreement with a possible early May date, though of course teams and conditions will need to be sorted out for that bout.
Tanaka seems to have been impressed with Acosta's performance but sounded confident of over-coming the Puerto Rican, who has put himself on the map with recent wins over the likes of Jiuan Guzman, Luis Ceja and Uutoni.
Notably if the bout does end up in Japan there is a huge chance that CBC will again stream the bout world wide, as they did with Tanaka's December win over Moises Fuentes, as they attempt to make the Japanese youngster into a genuine boxing star, to rival Fuji TV's Naoya Inoue.
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