Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japan's Nihito Arakawa (31-6-1, 18) [荒川 仁人] successfully retain the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title, as he over-came Filipino challenger Adones Aguelo (28-17-2, 19) in a relatively entertaining 10 round affair.
The Japanese fighter looked razor sharp early on, moving brilliantly and keeping the visitor at range with clever movement and an ultra busy jab, that seem to keep Aguelo off balance, despite his aggression and pressure.
It wasn't until round 4 that Aguelo's pressure really brought him any success, as he upped the pace and got inside where he could work much more effectively. At times the inside work brought the Filipino real success, and there was times where he seemed to hurt the teak tough Japanese warrior.
In the later rounds it seemed like Arakawa adpated to the skills of Aguelo, and chose not only when to box and move but also when to stand his ground and fight. It did give Aguelo some opening, but no where near enough, as Arakawa really always seemed like he was in charge of the contest.
At the final bell there was no questioning the result wiht Arakawa claiming the decision with scores of 97-93, twice, and 98-93.
(Image courtesy of bocmob.jp)
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