Earlier today fight fans in the Philippines saw a trio of new champions being crowned on a show held at in Cagayan de Oro City.
One of those was Japanese visitor Shota Kawaguchi (20-7-1, 8) [川口 勝太] who scored a technical decision win over Thailand's world ranked Rakniran Muadransarakam (12-1, 8) [รักนิรันดร์ หมวดรันสารคาม] to claim the "interim" Asia Pacific WBO Super Flyweight title, a title that Rakniran was lookign to make the first defense of. The bout ended when Kawaguchi was left with a fight ending cut from a nasty headclash that left referee Danrex Rapdasan with little option other than to stop the bout. The bout was scored 87-84 by all 3 judges giving the Japanese fighter a 9th round technical decision win.
Another bout saw former world title challenger Vic Saludar (13-2, 9) claim the WBO Oriental Minimumweight title as he over-came Jimboy Haya (9-3-2, 6) with a wide decision. win. Haya was dropped early in the bout and was deducted a point later in the bout for taking Saludar down in an American Football style move. Saludar, who lost to Kosei Tanaka in a world title fight at the end of 2015, was the clear winner with scores cards of 119-107, twice, and 118-108 giving him a wide and clear win. This was Saludar's second win since the loss to Tanaka and it seems like he will be moving towards a second world title fight in the near future.
The other new champion being crowned was unbeaten youngster Robert Paradero (13-0, 8) who over-came Ronie Tanallon (9-3-1, 2) to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Minimumweight title. Paradero was given a really good test here and won a narrow decision with scores of 96-94, twice, and 97-93.
Earlier today the team behind Japan's Shota Kawaguchi (19-7-1, 8) [川口 勝太] announced that their man would be challenging Thailand's Rakniran Muadransarakam (12-0, 8) [รักนิรันดร์ หมวดรันสารคาม] for "interim" Asia Pacific WBO Super Flyweight.
The unbeaten Thai, who is ranked in the top 15 by the WBO, will be making his first defense of the title, a title that he won back in April when he out pointed Tanzania's Hashimu Zuberi in Maha Sarakham. Although the champion this will be Rakniran's first bout against a "known" fighter, and he has fought just one previous fighter with a winning record, the then 9-0 Zuberi, it will also be his first fight outside of Thailand where he debuted just over 2 years ago.
The challenger, ranked #5 in the WBO Asia Pacific rankings, has had very mixed success in recent bouts, losing 3 of his last 5, albeit it 2 of those losses did come to former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro. The talented Japanese fighter has had a frustrating career but his team have believed in his despite the setbacks and continue to get him notable bouts, like this one. Interestingly however this will be his first bout outside of Japan
The contest is one of 3 title bouts on the show, with another seeing former world title challenger Vic Saludar (12-2, 9) defending his WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title against Jimboy Haya (9-2-2, 6) and bout between Robert Paradero (12-0, 8) and Ronie Tanallon (9-2-1, 2), who will be fighting for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Youth Minimumweight title.
The show will take place at the Barangay Bulua Covered Court, in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.
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