Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-4-6, 9) claim the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, as he took a 7th round technical decision over Japanese warrior Tatsuya Takahashi (26-7-5, 19) [高橋 竜也].
On paper the bout looked brilliant, but there was always a risk that the bout would see a premature ending, with Pabustan having had 12 previous technical decisions, including wins, draws and losses. Sadly that 13 became 13 courtesy of a nasty cut over the right eye.
The bout started excitingly, with both men letting their hands go, though it seemed like Pabustan was tougher and stronger than the taller Takahashi, taking shots well and firing back with heavier lookign shots himself. In round 2 Takahashi suffered a cut on the left eye from a clash of heads, before suffering a really bad one on the right eye in round 4, also from a clash of heads.
Between the head clashes there had been really exciting action, and their was afterwards, but in the end the bout was painful to watch with Takahashi's eye a total mess. After the third inspection the doctor was forced to say enough was enough, and stopped the bout taking the to the scorecards early.
Those cards were round out as 67-67, 67-66 and 67-65 in favour of the Filipino who claimed one of the biggest wins of his career, potentially helping him move towards a second world title bout. Sadly for Takahashi this was a second loss at title level and it's likely he'll have to wait a long time for a third shot.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (26-6-5, 19) [高橋 竜也] face off with former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (28-4-6, 9) in a mouth watering clash for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.
At the weigh in today both men made weight, wit Takashi coming in just under the limit, and Pabustan making the weight with quite a bit of room to spare.
After making weight both fighters spoke to the press, and it was there that the tall Takahashi admitted that he hadn't had much experience with southpaws but that he was determined to win and claim his first title. The all action tough guy isn't well known outside of Japan, though did feature in a televised war against Kentaro Masuda for the Japanese title, and has certainly been fighting hard for a second title fight since then.
The shorter Pabustan, who was very comfortably under the limit, seemed confident, saying that he was going to win because he wanted to be famous in the Philippines. Although it's never quite that easy in boxing he did look like a man with a point to prove, and does have experience fighting at world level against Pungluang Sor Singyu, the then WBO world champion.
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Earlier today we saw a number of bouts being announced in Japan. One of thoses is a really intriguing bout, set for July 3rd at the Korakuen Hall, and will see see former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (26-6-5, 19) [高橋 竜也] face off with former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (28-4-6, 9). Not only will the two men be facing off in a really tasting looking contest, but they will be doing so for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, giving both men more than just their pride to fight for.
Of the two men it's Pabustan who has fought at the higher level. The Filipino southpaw fought Pungluang Sor Singyu in a bout for the WBO Bantamweight title in 2016, losing a wide technical decision to the Thai, and has mixed at a good level with very mixed results. His best wins have been against the likes of Kenny Demecillo and Vergilio Silvano however he has lost recently to Edison Berwela and has a reputation for headclashes, with more than 10 of his bouts ending with a technical decision.
Although Pabustan has fought at a higher level we dare say that Takahashi has fought at a more consistent level sharing the ring with the likes of Teppei Kikui, Akinori Hoshino, Yuta Nakagawa, Kentaro Masuda and Yuta Saito. Of those bouts the stand out was his 2014 war with Masuda for the Japanese Bantamweigth crown, in a bout that was one of the best fighst in Japan that year. Not only has he been fighting at a decent level but he;s been doing so frequently and this will be his third bout of 2017.
The contest will be the main event of the Dynamic Young Fight Boxing card and should be a real thriller. The under-card does look a bit weak but features Takuya Yamaguchi (3-7-2, 2) [山口拓也], one of our personal favourites on the lower end of the Japanese scene and a man we think is always worth making a note of.
Tomorrow boxing fans will be turning their attention to Thailand, where Channel 7 will be airing a world title bout on what looks to be a very interest card.
That world title bout will see WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (51-3, 35) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่] face off against Filipino challenger Jetro Pabustan (26-2-6, 7).
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and it saw both men making weight, though from what we under-stand Pungluang did struggle slightly to get under the limit losing less weight from sweating before the weigh in than expected due to the colder than usual weather in the area.
For fans hoping to catch this one, and an under-card bout between Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (35-1-2, 20) [ขวัญพิชิต 13 เหรียญเอ็กซ์เพรส] and Giemel Magramo (15-0, 12), the broadcast begins at 14:00 Bangkok time and will last 2 hours.
Pungluang faces off against the Silent Operator
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