Earlier this month was an announcement of a bout between former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-5-6, 9) and former WBC Bantamweight champion Luis Nery (26-0, 20), with the bout scheduled to take place on June 9th in Mexico. The announcement of that bout seemed to annoy the WBC, who had suspended Nery following his inability to make weight for his second bout against Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介], a bout that saw Nery stop Yamanaka in 2 rounds and essentially retire the Japanese fighter.
The WBC raised their issues with Nery and his team, and the bout has now been cancelled, with Nery choosing to work with the WBC and take his punishment from them.
The WBC had offered Nery two options. One was to work with them, to avoid a similar issue in the future, and to be punished for his inability to make weight, whilst the other was to essentially ignore the WBC's order and not work along side the WBC at all. Essentially cutting off his future options to fight for the WBC titles, and the prestige of the Mexican based world title.
After being given an ultimatum he has decided to cancel the fight and try to get back into the WBC's good books.
Sadly for Pabustan this does mean he misses out on a potential pay day, though given he was stopped last time out by Japanese slugger Hiroaki Teshigawara [勅使河原 弘晶] in a WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title bout it may be best for him to avoid a dangerous fighter like Nery at this point in time. He took a solid beating to Teshigawara are really would be better off with a simple comeback fight before taking on someone of Nery's ability.
Back in March we saw former popular Japanese fighter Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-2-2, 19) [山中慎介] suffer his second loss to Mexican Luis Nery (26-0, 20), who had failed to make weight for what was going to be his first defense of the WBC Bantamweight title that he had taken from Yamanaka last year. The drug test and failure to make weight saw Nery being widely criticised by the boxing world, with the JBC giving him an indefinite suspension and even the usually pro-WBC slamming Nery for his behaviour.
Since then Nery hasn't fought, but it was revealed earlier this week that he would be making his ring return on June 9th as he takes on former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-5-6, 9), who is fighting for the first time since suffering a 10th round loss to Japanese slugger Hiroaki Teshigawara [勅使河原 弘晶] in a WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title bout. That loss was Pabustan's first stoppage defeat. Notably the Filipino has often been accused of being a dirty fighter, and has been in a bizarre 13 technical decisions due to his messy and wild style and awkward southpaw stance.
The controversial Mexican is unlikely to get the boxing world onside with this bout, but he will keep himself busy and the 10 rounder should help him keep his name out there and potentially test to see what weight he should be fighting at, with no contracted weight being announced as of yet. He does appear to have out grown the Bantamweight division, given his inability to make the limit last time out and the way he has flirted at Super Bantanweight in the past.
The bout will headline the card, which will be televised in Mexico on Azteca, but little else has been confirmed for the card, and no pother bouts have been officially announced for the show as of yet.
In 2016 Filipino fighter Jetro Pabustan (29-5-6, 9) challenged for a WBO world title in Thailand, coming up short on that occassion. Earlier this year the Filipino was on the road again, and this time found some success, as he claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title by scoring a technical decision win in Japan.
Today Pabustan returned to Japan to take on exciting challenger Hiroaki Teshigawara (15-2-2, 9) [勅使河原 弘晶], and unfortunately for the Filipino his reign was ended, with the visitor suffering his first stoppage defeat.
From the off it was clear that Teshigawara had the edge in power, strength and aggression. It was those traits that allowed the challenger to get off to a great start, claiming the first 2 rounds on all 3 cards, and being in the lead after 5 roiunds.
To his credit Pabustan always tried to keep things close, and refused to back down. That fighhting spirit of Pabustan was on show through the second half of the fight, with a spirited effort in round 7 and 8. Sadly though for Pabustan it was the last Hurrah for Pabustan who was dropped in round 9 and stopped the following round, as the referee saved the now former champion.
For Teshigawara the win is c areer defining victory and will begin his reign as a champion, whilst he also seeks a rematch with Japanese champion Ryo Akaho.
For Pabustan it was a good effort, but he simply couldn't cope with Teshigawara and it wouldn't be a surprise to see rising contenders take on Pabustan now with the Filipino settling as a gatekeeper between regional and world level.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-4-6, 9) make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, as he takes on the always fun to watch Hiroaki Teshigawara (14-2-2, 8) [勅使河原 弘晶] in what we expect will be a thrilling contest.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men managed to make weight for the contest.
On the scales both men came in at the 118lb limit, a weight that both have been fighting at in recent times.
On the scales Pabustan did look the more healthy, and it should be noted that he is the naturally lighter fighter, having fought well under the 118lb limit in the past. As for Teshigawara he was a little bit drawn around the face and looked like a fighter who was draining down to make the limit, which is perhaps the case.
For fans hoping to watch this bout it will be televised on tape delay this coming weekend on Fuji TV under the Diamond Glove banner.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got the chance to see the exciting Hiroaki Teshigawara (14-2-2, 8) [勅使河原 弘晶] announce his next bout, and potentially his most signficant to date.
The match up will see the exciting Japanese slugger take on former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-4-6, 9), challenging the Filipino for his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. The contest will be Teshigawara's first title bout and will see Pabustan make his first defense of the title that he won earlier this year, when he beat Tatsuya Takahashi [高橋 竜也] with a 7th round technical decision.
For those who haven't seen Teshigawara he's one of the many exciting Japanese warriors who is bubbling on the fringes of the Oriental scene. His 2016 bout with Ryo Akaho was a Japanese fight of the year contender whilst his war with Keita Kurihara in June was another thriller. Pabustan on the other hand is best known for coming up short in a WBO world title bout against Pungluang Sor Singyu. Amazingly the Filipino has been in 13 technical decisions and is a sloppy, wild fighter who has an alarming number of bouts ending from headclashes, something that is quite likely to happen again here, given how Teshigawara is such an aggressive fighter himself.
The bout will take place at the Korakuen Hall on October 12th as part of a Diamond Glove card, meaning it will be filmed for Fuji TV and could potentially come as a doubler header with another title bout.
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