The last 12 months have been frustrating for world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (23-2, 15) [岩佐 亮佑], who travelled to the US last year only to see a world title eliminator fall apart when his opponent failed to make weight. Rather than sit and wait for an eventual show down with Yukinori Oguni, who was in attendence, the "Eagle Eye" stayed busy today on the under-card with a tune up bout against Filpiino foe Glenn Medura (8-2-1, 5). Iwasa was in pretty good control through out the first two rounds before unloading his powerful left hand in round 3 and finishing off the Filipino towards the end of the round.
Whilst Iwasa was in a tune up the same can't be said of former world champion Brian Viloria (37-5-0-2, 22) who made his Japanese debut and ended a long break form the ring. He showed his ring rust at times as he struggled with Mexican foe Ruben Montoya (14-5-1, 9). The bout looked like a potential banana skin for Viloira, despite being a 1/100 favourite, and it proved to be a competitive bout with Montoya standing up to Viloria and fighting back in an exciting contest. Despite the back and forth action it always seemed like Viloria had that little bit of extra class which helped on the score cards, with the Filipino taking a a unanimous decision with cards of 77-75, 78-75 and 78-74. It was good rounds for Viloria, but he'll probably need another tune before a big fight.
(Image, of Iwasa landing a left hand on Medura, courtesy of boxmob.jp)