Sadly last night wasn't to be for the exciting but crude Koki Eto (24-5-1-1, 19) [江藤光喜] who failed to pin down talented, yet frustrating, Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron (10-1-1, 5) in their rematch.
The two men, who had fought in May with that bout ending in the first round following a brutal headclash, had been expected to have a pretty fun fight. Sadly this rematch failed to live up to expectations.
The early going saw a fleet foot footed Cintron simply out boxing a wild, and clumsy Eto. The Japanese fighter spent much of the early going being hit and flailing at the air. It was as if Eto though his only chance to win was landing a bomb and catching Cintron clean, whilst Cintron knew how to box, move and, for the most part, avoid Eto's shots whilst landing counters in return. One of those counters sent Eto to the seat of his pants in round 2, though didn't really hurt, more dropping him from the lack of general balance and self control of Eto.
Eto managed to have success in round 3, as he finally began to use his pressure effectively, though that was turned on it's head in round 4 when Cintron got on his bike. A bike he pretty much stayed on to the end of the fight. There were moments where Eto caught up with the Puerto Rican but struggled to land anything significant, whilst Cintron landed the flashier shots before getting away and trying to avoid risks.
After 10 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Cintron taking the decision 99-90 on all 3 cards, though the crowd were unhappy about Cintron's tactics, which were incredibly negative after a really good start to the fight.
With this win Cintron becomes the mandatory challenger for the WBO Super Flyweight title, and will get a shot at the belt, currently held by Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔]. The suspicion that he will have to wait for that shot though, with Ioka expected to get permission to fight in a big bout in December, on a Japanese New Year's Eve card, before making the mandatory in the new year.
The brilliant @Boxrecgrey revealed yesterday that a date, venue and broadcaster had been found for the rematch between Koki Eto (24-4-1-1, 19) [江藤光喜] and Jeyvier Cintron (10-0-1, 5), after their No Contest earlier in the year.
For those who have forgotten the first bout between the two men, it ended in controversial fashion after a headclash left Cintron stumbling around the ring. To the naked eye it looked like a right hand had done the damage, but on replay it was clearly a headclash. The result was originally announced as an opening round victory for Eto, before replays were inspected and the result was over-turned minutes later.
Originally the bout, which took place back in May, we to decide the mandatory challenger for the WBO Super Flyweight title, which at the time was vacant but was won earlier this week by Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔], who became Japan's first male 4-weight champion. We would expect the winner of this rematch to get a world title shot at Ioka in the new year.
The rematch, as per Boxrecgrey's tweet, will take place on August 2nd in Florida and will be televised by Telemundo as part of an All Star Boxing card. Sadly it doesn't have the exposure that the first bout had, which was aired via ESPN, but the interest and controversy could help draw attention to a fairly interesting smaller US card.
Moments ago we saw Koki Eto (24-4-1-1, 19) [江藤光喜] seemingly stop 2-time Olympian Jeyvier Cintron (10-0-1, 5) inside a round to claim the WBO Super Flyweight International title. That win however has now been over-turned, with the bout becoming a no-contest due to an .
With first viewing we, along with the commentators and the referee, assumed a right hand put down Cintron, who was unable to get his balance afterwards, stumbling around the ring like a drunk on a Saturday morning. On replay however it showed that "blow" was actually an accidental headbutt from Eto that left Contrin dazed, and not a punch.
The bout was reviewed at ringside following the original announcement, with the result then being over-turned on replay and ruled a no-contest, to the cheers of the pro-Puerto Rican fans in the venue.
The leaves the title vacant, and is likely to lead to the WBO ordering a rematch between the two men, to again decide the mandatory challenger for the WBO world title.
Whilst this will be a huge disappointment to Eto and his fans, he will go into a potential rematch full of confidence, knowing that Cintron can be hurt, though he will need to land a clean shot to hurt him. For Cintron it will give him a chance to defeat a man he was expected to beat with ease.
Tomorrow we'll see Japanese warrior Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19) [江藤光喜] make his US debut, as he battles unbeaten Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron (10-0, 5) in a WBO Super Flyweight International title. The match up, although not an elite bout, has the potential to be a truly compelling fight, pitting Eto's heart and wild aggressive mentality against Cintron's crisp boxing and excellent boxing brain.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made the 115lb Super Flyweight limit with room to spare.
On the scales both men were 114.6lbs for the bout, and both looked in great shape for the contest with Cintron looking serious through the weigh in whilst Eto looked like he was soaking in the atmosphere at the venue.
On paper this is a step up for Cintron, but the man from Bayamon is a former 2-time Olympian and a real top level amateur fighter who has long been pegged as a future world champion. Eto, a former WBA "interim" Flyweight champion has fought at a higher level as a professional, but is clearly the under-dog here and comes in following a string of wins against very over-matched opposition since losing to Carlos Cuadras back in 2015.
Although this is being slept on, this could be the most entertaining bout of the night.
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