We are sad to report that former WBC Flyweight champion Malcolm Tunacao (35-3-3, 20) is currently in hospital following being stabbed "many times" in Cebu City.
The Shinsei gym fighter, who last fought in September 2014 when he beat Ryuta Otsuka, is thought to have been stabbed by his live in partner following a dispute regarding an affair.
Although the injuries were serious it now appears that Tunacao, who is known for beating Medgoen Singsurat back in 2000 and being stopped the following year by Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, is conscious and out of the woods with the former fighter expected to make a statement to police later this week.
For fans wanting more on this story we would advise reading Ryan Songalia's excellent piece on Rappler.com.
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If there is one thing we all know about Japanese wunderkind Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) it's that he seems to get more top tier sparring than almost any other fighter on the planet. That was proven again recently when he spent several rounds sparring with former WBC Flyweight champion Malcolm Tunacao (35-3-3, 20).
Tunacao, a Japanese based Filipino fighter who fights out of the Shinsei gym, spent 5 rounds with Inoue as the Japanese youngster continued the preparation fro his WBO Super Flyweight world title bout against Argentinian veteran Omar Andres Narvaez (43-2-1, 23).
From what we understand Tunacao was selected as a sparring partner for several reasons. Not only is the Filipino a tough fighter, having given Shinsuke Yamanaka a really tough bout back in April 2013, but like Narvaez he is also a southpaw and has been competing in around the Super Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions for several years. It appears that the southpaw stance of Tunacao is the key to the sparring with Inoue learning more about fighting southpaws, something he has yet to actually do in a professional bout.
From Inoue's blog it seems Tunacao will be in his camp for 15 days with other notable fighters being brought in to further help with his training, at the moment however it seems those fighters are being kept under wraps for a few days.
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A few moments ago we received the result from one of the chief support bouts on today's "Comeback" card from the Korakuen Hall. The bout was the one between former WBC Flyweight world champion Malcom Tunacao, originally of the Philippines, and Japanese domestic fighter Ryuta Otsuka. With this bout possibly being covered by TBS you may want to avoid the result, if that's the case do not read any further. (Note there is a chance this bout will not be shown on TBS depending on time constraints).
Filipino veteran Malcolm Tunacao (35-3-3, 20) may be 36 years old but he showed that age was only a number earlier today as he dominated the significantly younger Ryuta Otsuka (14-7-2, 4) en-route to claiming a 5th round technical decision.
Otsuka looked confident to start the bout and fired off his 1-2's early on. Unfortunately for him they were nothing to make Tunacao worry and the Filipino took his time before firing back heavier and calculated counters. As the bout progressed the experience of the two men really told with Tunacao becoming more and more dominant and running up a clear lead through the first 4 rounds.
In round 5 Otsuka tried to fight back hard though sadly for him that caused a clash of heads which left him bleeding from the right eye and bridge of the nose. This caused the referee to stop the bout and take the contest to the score cards early. From there there was only one man winning the bout, Tunacao.
One of the cards had the bout a 50-46 to Tunacao whilst the other two cards favoured him 49-46, giving him a unanimous technical decision and his third successive win following a stoppage loss last year to Shinsuke Yamanaka. As for Otsuka, a former Japanese Super Flyweight title challenger, this was his second loss in 3 fights. Strangely that other recent loss for Otsuka was also a 5th round technical decision loss which came to the then Japanese Super Flyweight champion Teiru Kinoshita.
A third notable bout has been added to the up coming Ioka card scheduled for September 16th.
We were all aware that former world champion Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9) would be fighting the world ranked Pablo Carrillo (15-2-1, 8) in a Flyweight bout and that former champion Ryo Miyazaki (20-1-3, 11) would be battling Ichal Tobida (10-12, 8). These bouts were announced when the show was announced not to long ago would both be comeback bouts following losses.
The third bout has seen former Flyweight world champion Malcolm Tunacao (34-3-3, 20) agree to fight Ryuta Otsuka (14-6-2, 4).
Unlike Ioka, who lost to Amnat Ruenroeng last time out, or Miyazaki, who lost to Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, Tunacao isn't heading into this bout on a loss. In fact Tunacao has won his last 2 bouts following a stoppage loss to Shinsuke Yamanaka back in April 2013. As for Otsuka, a former Japanese Super Flyweight title challenger, this will be his second bout since losing a technical decision to Teiru Kinoshita.
Going into the bout it will give Otsuka a chance to score his biggest win though we do suspect that the bout is Tunacao's to lose, despite the fact the Filipino is 36.
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Whilst fans around the world are eagerly anticipating Ryota Murata's bout with Jesus Angel Nerio there were a number of fighters anticipating their own bouts earlier today. Here, ahead of the televised portion of the show, we have the undercard results.
The most notable, and by for the biggest eye opener, saw the unbeaten Shohei Omori (12-0, 7) score the biggest win of his career with a stoppage over former world title contender Christian Esquivel (25-5, 20). Omori went in to this bout as a relative unknown outside of Japan, though looked sensational as he stopped Esquivel in 4 rounds. The Mexican went in to the bout ranked #9 by the WBC at Bantamweight, though we now expect he'll drop out of the top 15 with Omori certainly deserving to be ranked on the back of this result.
A second notable prospect in action on this show was the very highly touted Sho Nakazawa (4-0, 4) who made light work of Indonesian Gun Tinular (11-18-1, 6). Tinular, who had been stopped 10 previous times, was taken out with a vicious body shot by Nakazawa who really does look like a star in the making. The hype and expectation on Nakazawa is huge and although Tinular was there to make him look good he still managed to get the job done with out any more issues.
Esquivel wasn't the only former world title challenger on the card, in fact both the Mexican and Filipino Malcolm Tunacao (34-3-3, 20) have both been beaten by Shinsuke Yamanaka. Tunacao, unlike Esquivel, managed to notch up a win today though he was given a tougher than expected battle as Korea's Joo-Hyun Jung (6-3-1, 2) gave a fantastic account of himself. Jung beaten by decision though put up the type of fight which will see fans wanting to see him back in action once again.
A fourth notable bout featured for All-Japan Rookie of the Year Tatsuya Ikemizu (10-0, 4) who had a very short night's work taking out Oke Haryanto (5-2-1, 2) in just 107 seconds. Ikemizu would have loved the fact he scored such a quick stoppage, though we day say he's have rather have had some more time in the ring rather than having such a quick blast out victory.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp and is of Omori)
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