Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans had the chance to see former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (21-2-1, 11) in action as he took on Filipino visitor Renerio Arizala (12-2-1, 5) in what looked like an interesting match up on paper.
From the weigh in yesterday it looked like Igarashi was set to make a size advantage count, and likewise Arizala only got this bout on 3 weeks notice, after his countryman Lionel Mark Duran pulled out. Despite that Arizala had a good start and managed to cut his more recognisable opponent in the early stage.
Sadly for Arizala the cut wasn't something he really managed to build on and instead Igarashi began to up the pace, using his experience to gradually take control of his gutsy foe. Arizala managed to show his grit in round 6 as he turned things around, momentarily, though Igarashi took control back in round 7 and managed to do enough to claim a clear, but well fought, win.
The bout was a great test over-all for Igarashi though the performance again suggested that he isn't close to being a top class Super Flyweight. His better next move would be chasing down a national title fight as he continues to rebuild.
As for Arizala he performed well enough to take a lot of positives from the bout. He came up short, though not by the 99-92 margin one judge had it, but he'll have learned a lot and his confidence deserves to take a huge boost, especially given the way he took this fight on short notice and went up a weight for it. Whilst IGarashi claimed the win Arizala claimed the plaudits.
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Tomorrow fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (20-2-1, 11) take on once beaten Filipino Renerio Arizala (12-1-1, 5). The bout, put together on relatively short notice with Arizala replacing countryman Lionel Mark Duran, will be the main event of tomorrow's show at the Korakuen Hall.
At the weigh in today Igarashi was 115lbs, bang on the Super Flyweight limit. The talented Japanese fighter views his future as a Super Flyweight and this will be his third successive bout in, or around, the divisional limit. The division, which is hot in Japan right now, could see Igarashi challenging someone like WBO champion Naoya Inoue or WBA champion Kohei Kono somewhere down the line.
Arizala on the other hand was just 113lbs, only 1lb above the Flyweight limit. For Arizala it was no surprise he'd be "coming in light" considering he is concentrating on the Flyweight division. Had he been the original opponent for the bout there is a chance he may have come in heavier, but given the notice there probably wasn't enough time to bulk up and maintain his natural attributes.
On paper this should be another win for Igarashi however Arizala hasn't taken this bout to lie down and he appeared very relaxed and comfortable at the weigh in. Hopefully he'll put in a solid effort tomorrow as he searches for a career defining victory.
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We've known for a few weeks now that former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (20-2-1, 11) would be in action on June 6th. Originally it was announced that the Japanese fighter would be up against Filipino journeyman Lionel Mark Duran (13-11-2, 5), a limited but relatively tough opponent who had only been stopped by the big hitting pair of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Julio Ceja.
Now it's been revealed that it won't be Duran in the opposite corner to Igarashi and instead it will be once beaten Renerio Arizala (12-1, 5) in what appears to be a much more attractive match up on paper.
Arizala isn't as experienced as Duran but the "Amazing" 21 year old has a lot of desire and ambition left in his career and will be hoping to shock Igarashi to help rebuild following his sole loss, a 4th round TKO to Ardin Diale last October. Although naturally a Flyweight Arizala is a growing young fighter and he may well manage to make this bout with Igarashi very interesting for the Japanese fighter, who is now campaigning at Super Flyweight.
Toshiyuki Igarashi's opponent for June 6th named as Lionel Mark Duran
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