Earlier today in Okayama fight fans saw world ranked Filipino Flyweight Jaysever Abcede (17-8, 12) score an upset win over local favourite Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟].
Coming in to the bout Abcede was looking to build on a 2 fight winning streak, including a previous upset win over Stamp Kiatniwat. Akui on the other hand was looking to break into the world rankings and take a huge step towards getting himself a shot at a regional title. Sadly for the local it wasn't to be his day.
Akui started brilliantly, putting Abecede under pressure and looking razor sharp. Sadly however he would injure his right arm early on and struggled to use it through much of the contest, becoming a 1-handed fighter. Abcede began to have more and more success, likely sensing that something was amiss with the hard hitting Japanese youngster. The pressure became more and more intense from Abcede as Akui began to tire in the second half of the fight.
With Akui struggling to fight back, create space or get himself off the ropes it left a huge opening for Abcede to hunt a finish, and he did just that in the final round, hammering Akui on the ropes until the referee stepped in and stopped the contest.
After the bout both men seemed happy to organise a rematch. Akui wanting revenge for the loss and Abcede wanting to beat Akui without an injury.
Not only did both fighters want a rematch but both were really respectful of the other. Akui stated that Abcede was a good fighter who punched hard and he was glad to have faced him, whilst Abcede complimented Akui by saying he was very strong and gave him one of his most difficult fights so far.
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Earlier today our Japanese sources informed us that world ranked Filipino Flyweight Jaysever Abcede (16-8, 11) would be facing off with Japanese youngster Seigo Yuri Akui (12-1-1, 8) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟] in what looks like a genuinely fantastic match up.
The Filipino has fought a relative who's who of the Asian scene, facing the likes of Dexter Alimento, Panya Pradabsri, Tsubasa Koura and Ivan Soriano. Not only has faced the aforementioned names but he has also notched notable wins against the likes of Orlie Silvestre, Pigmy Kokietgym and Stamp Kiatniwat, with the wins over Pigmy and Stamp coming on the road in Thailand.
Although best known in Japan for losing to Tsubasa Koura in an OPBF title fight Abcede has rebuilt well and his recent win over Stamp in Thailand has helped him earn a WBA world ranking and the WBA Asia Flyweight Title. He won't be defending the title here, but will be risking his WBA rankings.
As for Akui he came on to the Japanese scene back in 2015, when he won the Light Flyweight Rookie of th eYear crown. Since then he has had relatively impressive results, with notable stoppage wins over Kenji Ono, Ryuto Oho and Masamichi Yabuki. The only loss on his record came last year in a Japanese Youth Flyweight title fight, against Junto Nakatani.
In the ring Akui is a thrilling fighter to watch, pressing the action and letting his hands go from the off with power shots. He's one of the many must watch fighters making their name in Japan, and will know that a win here could push him in to the WBA world rankings.
The bout between there two men will take in Okayama on October 28th and looks likely to be the main event of the card, with no under-card bouts for the show yet to be announced.
Over the last year or two we've seen hard hitting Japanse youngster Tsubasa Koura (11-0, 8) [小浦 翼] rise through the ranks and develop into a really impressive young fighter. Today we saw the next step on Koura's rise as he claimed the OPBF Minimumweight title, which was recently vacated by Hiroto Kyoguchi, and stopped Filipino Jaysever Abcede (14-7, 9).
Abcede showed he was there for the upset straight away, trying to land a southpaw left hand very early, but Koura quickly took control of the bout, using his jab and movement. Having found his groove Koura then starting leftting his shots go more willingly and he landed a notable right hand in round 3.
In round 4 Koura again let his hands go, and at the end of the round he dropped Abcede courtesy of a lovely burst of shots and a nasty left hand to the body. Abcede looked in agony and took the full 10 count to be counted out, officially, at 3:09 of round 4.
For Abcede this was his second stoppage loss, incidentally the other came to Lito Dante who had been announce as Koura's oriignal opponent for this bout, and it's a shame the 22 year old is already showing signs of having had a hard career. If he's going to rebuild he'll need a lot of time and need his team to actually protect him, rather than continue to put him into tough bouts one after the other.
As for Koura this was another big win and another good stoppage, his fifth in a row, and one that good open some big doors for him in the near future. With his recent performances it's hard to see him not looking at world title fights in the future and it may not be long before he takes that step.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see a potentially thrilling OPBF Minimumweight title bout, as hard hitting Japanse youngster Tsubasa Koura (10-0, 7) [小浦 翼] takes on upset minded Filipino Jaysever Abcede (14-6, 9) in a match up that really does look mouth watering.
Koura was bang on the limit today though seemed more focused on his opponent than anything. Originally he was meant to face the teak tough Lito Dante but saw Dante being swapped for southpaw Abcede around 20 days before the fight. That appeared to annoy the heady handed Japanese fighter, who didn't have time to get sparring in for a southpaw and has stated that he will be looking to stop Abcede in the middle to later rounds as a result.
Although Abcede was a late replacement he looked like a man who had been preparing for a fight regardless, and came in in great shape, and well under the limit, weighing around 104.25lbs for the bout. He was showing some nervous but also some confidence and seemed to suggest he was going to be aggressive against Koura, which would make for a thrilling match up when the two men get in the ring together.
Related-Koura and Abcede face off for Oriental crown!
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Earlier this week we were informed that Pigmy Kokietgym (57-8-2, 23) was lined up for a WBO Minimumweight world title bout with Japanese youngster Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2). Prior to that bout however Pigmy would fight once, a stay busy fight against unknown Filipino Jaysever Abcede (10-3, 6).
Nothing on Abcede's record suggest this would be anything more than a routine win for Pigmy, who was fighting over 12 rounds to essentially pick up the WBO Oriental title in what was supposed to be a foregone conclusion. Of course however boxing doesn't work on foregone conclusions, it doesn't work one who is favoured, instead it works on what happens in the ring and Abcede had come to the ring to prove a point.
From the opening seconds it was clear the Filipino 20 year old hadn't traveled to Thailand to make up the numbers, instead he had traveled to replicate the success of countryman Jestoni Autida, who shocked Ratchasak KKP just a few days ago. Rather than fighting like a journeyman Abcede fought like a confident young fighter, letting his jab go, moving in and out and circling his much more experienced foe. Whilst he did show plenty of nerves it was clear that there was some genuine self belief here.
As the fight went on Pigmy seemingly became frustrated by being unable to pin down his taller and faster foe who continued to boxing brilliantly behind his jab at range. The frustration on the veteran began to show as he started to miss more and more frequently, often with huge looking shots, and was being made to pay for his misses. As he continued to miss Abcede grew more and more confident, landing some brilliant counter shots and letting his hands go with more regularity.
In the later rounds Pigmy was beginning to look tired and was chasing Abcede around the ring, running straight into the Filipino's punches in the process. As he did that he began to take more and more steam out of his own engine.
In round 11 Abcede finally finished finished off Pigmy with a brutal right hook that send the Thai flat on his back. Pigmy tried to recover to his feet but fell into the ropes forcing the stoppage.
Whilst the win certainly nets Abcede the WBO Oriental title, and his 7th straight win after a 3-3 start, it does leave the WBO in a strange position and will almost certainly force them to order a different mandatory for Tanaka. It's unlikely that that will be Abcede, despite his excellent win here, though it could well leave Tanaka in the position to face a voluntary defense, ahead of a possible unification bout with Katsunari Takayama in December.
For Pigmy, who entered the bout #1 ranked by the WBO, this is almost certainly the end of the line. It was a "cherry pick" gone wrong and an upset of the year contender. It also proves that a fighter really cannot look past their upcoming fight. Thankfully though it seems the bout may have revealed a genuine diamond in the rough in the form of Abcede who looks like the type of fighter who could go a long way, if he has a good team behind him.
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