On paper the bout was a step up in class for the 2017 Rookie of the Year Featherweight king and that showed to be the case in the ring. Vallespin not only showed the toughness to survive Mori's power but also the skills and physiclaity to ask the Japanese teenage serious questions.
Mori looked to use his jab early on but Vallespin managed to find a home for his right hand, and quickly got Mori's respect. The power of Vallespin made Mori cautious and of standing his ground and instead of tading blows Mori bgan to show his movement. The youngster picked up the pace in the middle rounds, trying to get in and out, but Vallespin pressured well and had some very good success in round 5.
With Mori being put under pressure he was forced to bite down on his gum shield and grit his teeth, which he did in the final few rounds, with the crowd on his side. It was this late determination that saw him just doing enough to take home the win, with majority decision, courtesy of scores 77-76, twice, and 77-77.
Following the bout Mori spoke about wanting to fight for titles, though we suspect today's performance has left him perhaps a fight or two away from being ready for one.
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