In one of the chief support bouts of "Pinoy Pride 45: Quest for Greatness" we saw former world title challenger Arthur Villanueva (32-3-1, 18) take on Carlo Demecillo (11-5-1, 5) in what looked, on paper, like a real mismatch. Paper however didn't tell us everything about this fight, and instead of being a mismatch in favour of Villanueva the bout was an ultra-competitive one, with neither man clearly bossing it.
From the off Demecillo was the aggressor, pressing the action and forcing the pace. Villanueva was happy to be the counter puncher, but he was struggling to land too regularly, and was being forced to do everything off the back foot against the younger man.
The first 3 rounds all saw Villanueva landing the better punches, but not landing enough of them. Demecillo on the other hand was out working his more well known opponent, working the body well and despite not looking that natural or fluid in the ring was showing a will to win.
In round 4 Villanueva finally began to turn on the gas, and come forward himself, having a much better round for himself. His intensity however failed to remain high the following round as he was caught by a bomb from Demecillo, and backed off again. Round 6 was another better one for Villanueva, but he was again unable to build on it with any real success the following round, as he again slowed his work and tried to fight as a counter puncher.
With neither man really dominating the bout it felt like the decision was going to potentially go down to the final round. Neither man had really done enough, on a consistent basis, to feel comfortable of getting the decision. That lead to a competitive and decent final round.
The fighters were both right to see it as being close, and the judges agreed, with two judges scoring the bout 95-95, whilst the third judge had it 96-94 to Demecillo. We felt Demecillo had just done enough, though we suspect he'll be the happier with his performance, even if he didn't get the win here. For Villanueva his career is now really hanging by a thread, and he's 2-2-1 in his last 5.
Us mere mortals not at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo are curently awaiting Fuji TV's broadcast from the on going FES show promoted by Ohashi. Those at the arena however have had several notable fighters in action already.
The first of those was former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (21-2, 11) [原隆二] who over-came Japanese ranked Minimumweight Hiroya Yamamoto (10-5, 4) [山本 浩也] with an 8 round decision. The bout was one that Hara always seemed to be in control of, but had to work to win, with Yamamoto looking for the upset but just lacking the accuracy to really test Hara.
The second of the under-card bouts saw Koki Inoue (6-0, 5) [浩樹井上], the cousin of Naoya Inoue, score his best win to date with a real beat down of the Japanese ranked Futoshi Usami (14-3-1, 11) [宇佐美 太志]. Usami showed some real belief in the opening round but Inoue turned it on in round 2 and dropped Usami before repeating the feat in round 3 and forcing the referee to intervene, saving Usami from further punishment. Given the performance it seems like Inoue was looking to make a statement and suggest he was ready for title action.
The third of the bouts saw the very highly touted Ryo Matsumoto (18-1, 16) [松本 亮] return to the ring one year after suffering a stoppage loss to Victor Uriel Lopez (10-6-1, 4) and avenging it in style.
The talented Ohashi youngster had looked in control of the first bout against Lopez before running out of energy and it was later found that he was suffering from a major medical issue that required serious sugery. Rather than having a warm up bout after surgery Matsumoto wanted to avenge his loss and and it showed as he set off to beat up the Mexican. In the first round Matsumoto landed some solid shots and did the same in rounds 2 and 3, whilst controlling the distance beautifully. In round 5 Lopez began to go forward, feeling like he could repeat the result of a year ago but Matsumoto instead neutralised the Mexican before unloading in round 6 and forcing the referee the save Lopez. The youngster stated the loss made him stronger than he had been before but the reality is that treatment for Hypothyroidism has likely done a lot more to help than the loss last year.
As we were writing this news has just broke that Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡], has recorded his second professional win with a 3rd round win against Filipino Carlo Demecillo (6-4, 1), who had recently gone 10 rounds with world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa. The victory wasn't just impressive in the speed but also the manner with Demecillo being laid out in scary fashion.
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Tomorrow's card in Japan is a genuine attention grabber with Fuji TV set to air 3 bouts during a broadcast slow just shy of 3 hours long. That televised portion of the card features 2 world title bouts and an Olympic gold medal winner there is however also a very interesting under-card with 3 particularly interesting bouts set to take place off TV.
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