Upsetter Arnel Tinampay to return to Japan in search of another big win as he takes on Akinori Watanabe
Earlier today it was announced that Filipino fighter Arnel Tinampay (22-16-1, 8) will return to Japan for his second successive fight in the country. This time around it looks like a potentially special fight as Tinampay battles against heavy handed slugger Akinori Watanbe (31-4, 27).
Of the two fighters Watanabe is the more well known. He is a former unified Japanese and OPBF Welterweight champion and also a former PABA champion at 154lbs. He is exciting and comes into the bout on a winning run that stretches way back to 2010, following a 5th round TKO loss to Tadashi Yuba. That winning run has seen Watanabe pick up 12 straight wins, with 10 coming inside the distance and includes notable stoppage wins over Yuichi Ideta, Takehiro Shimokawara, Yo Inoue, Koshinmaru Saito, and Corba Suwa.
Although incredibly exciting when he's on the offensive Watanbe is flawed and has been stopped in all 4 of his losses, including a couple to Yuba and a really surprising defeat to Tsuyoshi Kamiishi. All of those losses however came in a 7 fight streak between 2007-2010 and since then Watanabe has improved immeasurably.
On paper this looks like a mismatch but Tinampay has himself a reputation as a man who likes to score the big upsets, something he has done several times against Japanese opponents. in recent years. The first of those came in 2012 when he shocked Yosuke Kirima in Singapore, dropping Kirima in the opening seconds before taking a 6 rounds decision win. The following year Tinampay upset the fast rising Shoma Fukumoto, stopping him in the 6th, whilst last year he was brought in as a late replacement and blew away Koshinmaru Saito in 2 rounds, hurting the Japanese fighter almost every time he landed.
Tinampay's record is clearly deceiving but the one thing he record makes clear is that he is teak tough and has never been stopped, despite fighting some world class fighters such as Sirimongkol Singwancha, Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and established contenders like Daniel Dawson and Jarrod Fletcher.
This bout has been set for April 16th at the Korakuen Hall and we're expecting a potential barn burner with a possible shock upset win again for Tinampay.
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