Light Punching Japanese teenager Ryo Suwa (10-1, 1) [諏訪亮] scored a career best win earlier today, as he over-came Indonesian veteran Noldi Manakane (33-26-3, 18) at the EDION Arena Osaka.
Originally Manakane was supposed to face former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼], but Kubo was pulled from the bout only days after the contest was announced, leading to Suwa taking his place. It was a massive step up for Suwa, and the gulf in experience showed, with the 19 year old being shown more here than he has in pretty all of his other 10 bouts combined.
Suwa relied on his speed, his youth and energy, as well as his jab, to take rounds but Manakane was always looking dangerous and trying to time his counter right hands, in relatively unpredictable fashion. It made life hard for Suwa, who seemed unsure of himself and cautious of Manakane's power.
Despite being unsure of himself Suwa did what he needed to take the early rounds, before Manakane came out with impetus in round 8. By then however it was too little too late for the Indonesian veteran, who was on the losing end of the score-cards.
After 8 rounds the judges had the bout 77-76, 78-75 and 78-74 all in favour of Suwa.
It's worth noting that that this was Manakane's second bout in less than a month, coming only weeks after he held unbeaten Indonesian prospect Patrick Liukhoto to a draw in Jakarta, and is his 4th bout in just over 4 months. For Suwa this was a third decision win of the year, and he is now unbeaten since losing in December 2017 to Ikuro Sadatsune.
Yesterday on a Martin Daniel promoted card in Indonesia fans had the chance to see the promising local prospect Patrick Liukhoto (9-0-1, 7) take a notable step up in class to battle with domestic veteran Noldi Manakane (33-35-3, 18) in an 8 round bout.
Everyone knew it was a step up for Liukhoto, but it was seen as a safe step up and something he should be able to manage. Manakane however had other idea and put on a genuine effort, holding the prospect to a draw.
Local sources report the bout was an exciting contest with both fighting at a good tempo from the opening, rand trading uppercuts and hooks on the inside. Sadly however the youngster was unable to get over the winning line.
One bizarre thin about this result that is worth noting is that local sources are reporting that this draw leaves Liukhoto with a record of 10-0-1 (8) and not the 9-0-1 (7) of boxrec. There is however doubt that source has the right record given they also listed Manakane as being 51-17-3 (18), something we know is wrong.
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According to Indonesian sources local prospect Patrick Liukhoto (9-0, 7) will be in action on November 9th in a bout against former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (33-35-2, 18).
On paper this is a huge step up in class for Liukhoto, who has been topped as one of the most promising prospects in Indonesia, but it should be a manageable one for him, given his amateur pedigree and the high hopes his promoter has for him.
Interestingly this bout seems to mean that Manakane's previously scheduled bout against former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] on December 1st is almost certainly off and Kubo will be left fighting someone else.
The bout, this coming Friday, will take place in East Jakarta, and is scheduled to be an 8 round bout.
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Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, take a step up in class and score a notable victory over former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (32-25-2, 18), who was stopped in the 5th round of a scheduled 10 round contest.
The Japanese fighter had stated that he was looking to stop the Indonesian in the middle rounds and lived up to his comments as a brutal body shot laid waste to the visiting veteran, who had looked second best through out the contest.
Tatsuyoshi started the bout behind his jab, whilst Manakane looked to land big right hands. The second round saw Tatsuyoshi forcing his man where he wanted, backing him into the corner and finding a home for the left hand to the body. Manakane looked to fire back, but he was fighting like an old man, a fighter who had seen his best years come and go and wasn't able to have the snap or reactions that he used to have.
With Tatsuyoshi in charge heading into round 5 he looked like he was going to begin really breaking Manakane down, but a left hook towards the end of the round totally shattered Manakane's fighting spirit, sending him down for the 10 count.
Although not a flawless performance this certainly seemed like the outing that Tatsuyoshi needed to make a statement, and say that his relationship with trainer Takuya Muguruma [六車卓也] is going to be a good one.
Fans at the venue in Osaka also saw wins for former Japanese Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典], former amateur stand out Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本 銀次郎] and the heavy handed Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (8-1, 7) [堤本京介], who all took stoppage wins of their own over Indonesian foes.
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Tomorrow in Osaka fight fans will be able to see second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (8-0, 5) [辰吉寿以輝] take a slight step up as he takes on former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (32-24-2, 18). The bout will be Tatsuyoshi's first 10 round bout and the first time he has shared the ring with a former world title challenger, even though Manakane is a long way removed from his best.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both came in under the agreed 122lbs.
On the scales Tatsuyoshi was 120.75lbs and looked in good shape. It's clear his new training team, headed by Takuya Muguruma [六車卓也], has really helped with how he looks and it's likely that this bout is an attempt to make Juiki into his own fighter, rather than just being the son of Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
Manakane was also under the limit, coming in at 121.25lbs. At the weigh in he seemed confident, predicting a stoppage of Tatsuyoshi in the first 5 rounds. Given his claim it's worth noting that Manakane has lost his last 3 bouts and hasn't scored a stoppage in over 3 years, with his last coming in January 2015 against John Bajawa in Jakarta.
For those wanting to watch this bout it's unfortunately being shown on tape delay on G+ in early August.
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