Earlier today fight fans at the Mielparque Hall in Osaka city saw an intriguing WBC Youth Featherweight title bout as the unbeaten Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6) [上原 拓哉] took on Filipino foe Markquil Salvana (11-3, 5), and took a hotly contested decision win to claim the title.
The bout was an exciting contest from the early stages with Uehara making the most of his jab and claiming the first round on all 3 cards as well as the 3rd round, with Salvana fighting back hard in rounds 2 and 4 to impress a pair oif the judges. After 4 rounds one judge had the local favourite in a commanding 40-36 lead whilst the other judges had the bout even at 38-38.
Salvana's spirited effort continued in round 5 though unfortunate a good 6th for Uehara was followed by a hugely significant round 7, a round which saw Salvana suffer the first of two point deductions. The first deduction didn't kill Salvana's hopes of a win, but a second deduction in round 9, a round he won, did essentially kill his hopes.
Given the point deductions Salvana's effort wasn't going to be enough and he lost the decision, with scores of 97-91 and 95-93, twice. Despite the spirited fight he will likely feel frustrated by the referee and by the judges. For Uehara however the win was his first for a title and sees him taking a major step forwards in regards to his career.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today Apollo gym announced that their rising star Takuya Uehara (10-0, 6) [上原 拓哉] would be fighting in his first title bout on December 18 as he takes on Filipino Markquil Salvana (11-2, 5) in a bout for the WBC Youth Featherweight title.
The bout will take Mielparque Hall, in Osaka City and be the biggest test for the Japanese youngster, who has remained unbeaten so far, but hasn't yet really impressed or proven his ability. In many ways it's a monstrous step up, following domestic level wins over the likes of Katsuhiko Kanno, and Hiroki Yoshimura. It is however a bout his team feel confident in giving him and the hope is that he will go on to win the title before progressing onto the Japanese title scene in the coming years.
For Salvana the bout sees him hitting the road for a third third time in just under a year. Sadly for Salvana he did come up short in those other two bouts outside of the Philipines, losing in 5 rounds to Jason Moloney and then lasting less than a round with Andrew Moloney. More worryingly for the Filipino is the fact he's having this bout at Featherweight, despite being a natural Super Bantamweight, whilst Uehara is a fighter who has been campaigning at Super Featherweight through his career so far.
The bout hasn't yet had an under-card revealed for it but that is likely to be revealed in November as Japanese fans get another December treat and, we again see another bout of note getting added to what is quickly becoming an incredibly busy period of the year.
(Image courtesy of the Apollo Gym blog)
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