This coming weekend Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19) [江藤光喜] will face off with unbeaten Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron (10-0, 5) in a WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator. The bout will be Eto's first in the US, and his 5th bout outside of Japan, whilst Cintron will be fighting in the US for the third time, following a string of bouts in in Colombia and and his native Puerto Rico.
Interestingly Eto, the former WBA "interim" Flyweight champion is priced as a sizeable under-dog, with odds of 57/17 available on the Japanese warrior. He is understandably the under-dog, given his recent competition, his losses to Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep and Carlos Cuadras, but those odds will be tasty for some given his heart, power and will to win. We've seen him putt victories out of the first before, notably against Ardin Diale, and he certainly has the determination to make life difficult for most.
Cintron, a 2-time Olympian, is the very clear betting favourite. He is available at 1/5 to win, and progress to a world title fight. He's the more naturally talented boxer, but this is a step up in class for him. It's a chance for Cintron to show what he can do, but he will clearly have the pressure on his shoulders given his amateur background. This should be a great test for him, and a chance for him to open the eyes of the boxing world.
As well as the "To Win" Market there is also a method of victory market. The odds here are suggesting a decision for Cintron, at a price of 4/5, whilst a stoppage for the Puerto Rican is 21/10. On the other a stoppage for Eto is 7/1 and a decision in favour of the Japanese fighter is 15/2.
The draw can be backed at 25/1.
Preview - Eto makes US debut, takes on unbeaten Cintron (Preview)
Fighter Focus - Koki Eto
(All odds accurate at time of writing)
Earlier today American boxing writer Jake Donovan, of Boxing Scene, reported that that former WBA "interim" Flyweight champion Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19) [江藤光喜] had signed an American promotional deal with All Star Boxing.
His first fight under the All Star banner will be the previously rumoured world title eliminator against unbeaten Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron (10-0, 5) on May 25th.
The deal is said to be a multi-year deal, and win or lose we would expect to see Eto fighting several fights in the US in the years to come.
For those who have never seen Eto before we once described him as a 1-man highlight reel with a string of FOTY candidates, including a 2013 win over Kompayak Porpramnook, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep and Ardin Diale. In more recent years he has been a fighter who has made every fight tough, and despite winning his last 7 bouts, mostly against regional journeyman, he has often made things much harder than they needed to be.
Whilst this is a great step for Eto, in some ways, opening the way for a second world title fight and getting him a Western audience, there are worries that this is one more nail into the coffin for the SGS gym, which has been rumoured to be on the way to closing. Just last month it was revealed that Kenya Yamashita (13-5, 10) [山下賢哉] and Riku Nagahama (9-2-1, 4) [長濱陸] had transferred away from the Gym and the rumours have grown that the gym will be closing.
For those wanting to read Jake Donovan's article on this news that's available here.
According to the reliable "thegondol.com" we could be in for a couple of notable Japan Vs Puerto Rico bouts in the coming months.
Earlier in the week the site reported that a potential WBO Light Flyweight title bout between Angel Acosta (19-1, 19) and Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] could be in the works for later in the year. The latest WBO rankings has seen Hisada climb up the rankings to the point where he could be lying in wait as Acosta's next challenger, if both win their up coming bouts.
Acosta will be defending his title at the end of this month against Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez (35-8, 19), in what will be his third defense. On April 20th Hisada will be facing Stevanus Nana Bau (9-10-2, 2), in what is expected to be little more than a stay busy bout for the Japanese fighter. If both win they could clash in late summer.
The other bout mentioned TheGondol, is a proposed WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator. This match up, if it's signed, would see Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19) [江藤光喜] take on Jeyvier Cintron (9-0, 4), if Cintron gets past Eliecer Quezada later this week.
The Gondol have a quote from Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing, stating that "And Jeyvier must fight with a stablemate from Ito and promoter Akihiro Honda, Koki Eto."* And it seems like the bout could take place on May 25th as part of a card headlined by WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪]. The winner of this would then face the winner of the proposed world title fight between Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) and Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔], who are expected to fight for the vacant WBO title around June.
*Note-Although Rivera stated Ito and Eto are part of the Honda's stable, that's not totally true, with Honda acting more as an agent for international bouts involving Japanese fighters. Eto is currently a Gushiken gym fighter whilst Ito fights out of the little known Banryu Boxing Gym and neither are from the Teiken gym that Honda leads.
The always fun to watch Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19) [江藤光喜] recorded his latest victory today as he defeated Filipino foe Romel Oliveros (9-5-1, 4) in the 4th round of their bout, which actually looked like it could have ended a lot earlier.
The exciting Eto seemed like he was going to close the show towards the end of the first round, a very dominant round that saw him dropping his man and having him in all sorts of trouble. Oliverso did well to remain in the contest and came out for round 2 with the intention of getting inside Eto and working him up close. It was a tactic that was effective and he gave Eto real problems up close, neutralising Eto's reach and size.
Eto seemed to struggle to gather himself in round 3, though still looked the more powerful man and the one who could hurt the other. He was however struggling to find his balance, distance and his timing, until near the end of the round.
In round 4 it looked like Eto had recovered and he connected clean with Oliveros to score another knockdown and force the towel to come in from the Filipino's corner.
Eto is wanting another world title bout, but given this performance it wouldn't be a good idea, and he may be better off reconsidering his future plans in the sport. He is still popular, and could be involved in exciting fights on the regional scene, but at world level things wouldn't end well for him.
According to the reliable Japanese Official Supporters Club (JOSC) former WBA Interim and OPBF Flyweight champion Koki Eto (23-4-1, 18) [江藤光喜] has been added to the February 2nd Dynamic Glove card on G+.
JOSC have the exciting Eto listed as facing Filipino foe Romel Oliveros (9-4-1, 4) in an 8 round bout at a contracted 52.6KG's, 116lbs.
Whilst this bout isn't currently listed on any other site, JOSC have proven to be incredibly reliable when it comes to these sorts of things, so we have no reason to doubt them here.
Eto is best known for his string of great bouts against Kompayak Porpramook, Yodmongkol Vor Seengthep and Ardin Diale. Since losing to Carlos Cuadras in late 2015 however he has really just fought in stay busy bouts, rather than facing recognisable names. This too appears to be a stay busy fight.
Oliveros, a 22 year old, is 0-3 in Japan having lost to Takayuki Okumoto, Eto's stablemate Daigo Higa and Kentaro Masuda. It would be assumed that Eto would also stop Oliveros.
It's know that Eto wants a big bout, though it seems clear that this bout has been put together on short notice to keep him ticking over whilst still awaiting another big bout. Sadly though his competition recently will have done little to keep him in the mix, and he will likely need to beat someone better than Oliveros to get a bout at a champion.
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