In October 2013 Filipino fighter Arnel Tinampay (now 22-16-1, 8) traveled to Japan and shocked the highly touted Shoma Fukumoto, who was stopped in 6 rounds. Going into that bout Fukumoto was seen as one of the most promising Middleweights in Japan whilst Tinampay was a journeyman with a "meh" record and a perceived lack of both power and size. Fukumoto and his handlers had made a mistake, they had over-looked the Filipino.
Tinampay returned to Japan earlier today and pulled a similar trick as he he upset Japanese ranked Welterweight Koshinmaru Saito (20-7-1, 11). Tinampay was a late fill in opponent for Saito, after Kengo Nagashima was forced to pull out of the bout, though it seemed he was more than ready to go to war.
In the opening round alarms began to ring and it didn't take Tinampay to prove how deceptive his record was as he dropped Saito. The following round saw the Japanese fighter being dropped again and the bout was immediately stopped.
The win for the Filipino sees his record in Japan moving to 2-2 (2) whilst his record against Japanese fighters is now 3-2 (2). Notably this is his third win over a Japanese fighter in his last 4 bouts with Saito being added to to both Fukumoto and Yosuke Kirima. Worryignly for the Japanese Welterweight scene Saito was seen as a top contender and had pushed Japanese champion Suyon Takayama very close back in July. With Tinampay destroyed a top domestic contender it really does show a lack of quality in the division, outside of the OPBF champion Yoshihiro Kamegai and Keita Obara, who has just began fighting in the division.
(Image of Saito on his backside courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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