The bout, Teshigawara's first defense of the title, looked a mismatch if you just looked at the fighter's records, especially given that Canoy had lost to the then debuting Hinata Maruta back in late 2015. It was however the total opposite of you knew the fighters in question. Both were flawed but aggressive fighters, looking to put on a tear up for the fans. This was obvious almost immediately as the two quickly began to put on a show, though it was Canoy who struck first, seemingly hurting the champion in the first round.
Teshigawara, to his credit, regrouped and took rounds 2 and 3 but never looked too comfortable with Canoy on his tail and the Filipino took round 4 to level off the scores, 38-38.
To his credit Teshigawara managed to settle into his gameplan in the middle rounds, and was up on all 3 cards after 8 rounds. Despite Teshigawara being in the lead, 78-74, twice, and 77-75, the bout was far from over.
In round 9 a surging Canoy tried to up the pace, taking the round on two of the cards, before sweeping round 10, drawing level on one card. Canoy tried to keep it up, as we went into the championship rounds but Teshigawara gritted his teeth and traded blows in an exciting, albeit it messy, end to what had been a fantastic contest.
After 12 rounds the champion managed to retain the title, with scores of 115-113, twice, and 116-112, but knew he had been in a fight. It's likely he'll face Tenta Kiyose later in the year, in his next defense, but Canoy made seemed to suggest he wanted a rematch, following what had been a real war of a regional title bout.
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