Earlier today in Kobe fight fans had the chance to see one of Japan's brightest prospects in action.
The man in question was Yuki Yamauchi (3-0, 2) [山内祐希] who was up against Filipino Claudevan Sese (7-1-3, 1), and shone.
On paper the bout was an interesting test for Yamauchi, though he made it look easy. He dropped the Filipino in the opening round, with a solid right hand, then dropped him against in the second round, with the referee stopping the contest after the second knockdown.
The future for Yamauchi is bright, and this is his third solid win since turning professional. Sadly he made Sese look very poor, and questions will now need to be put towards his team to find suitable opponents for the young prodigy. He's going to make very good fighters look very average, and it's going to be a challenge to really tests him before he moves into the title mix.
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Earlier today in the Philippines there was two world title eliminators, both of which were all Filipino fights, and both of which were IBF eliminators streamed live on the GAB facebook page.
The first of those bouts was an IBF Minimumweight title bout, which saw the unbeaten Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) put on a career best performance to out point Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2-1, 9) over 12 rounds. Salva, who hadn't really looked that rounded before today, showed good technical ability and out boxed Cuarto through much of the bout. The longer the bout the more ragged Cuarto became as exhaustion became an issue, and although he put up a good effort, he was clearly the loser.
The official cards were 116-112, twice, and 117-111, all in favour of Salva who is now inline for about with Deejay Kriel.
The second was at Bantamweight, where Michael Dasmarinas (29-2-1, 19) out pointed Kenny Demecillo (14-5-2, 8) to become the new mandatory challenger, though will be expected to wait to the end of the WBSS before getting a shot at the belt. The bout saw Damarinas starting well, and he did look quite clearly the better fighter early on, landing particularly solid body body shots. As he slowed however Demecillo came back into the bout and ran him close in the final few rounds, with a particularly exciting final round.
After 12 rounds Dasmarinas got the decision with scores of 115-1113, 116-112 and 117-111. Despite the win, he did fail to really impress, and none of the top Bantamweights will be too worried by his performance here.
Yesterday in Canada there was two notable Kazakh prospects in action, and they both notched up wins to maintain their unbeaten records and advance their careers.
One of those unbeaten prospects was Nurzat Sabirov (9-0, 8) [Нурзат Сабиров], who managed to score a pretty impressive stoppage win over Argentinian veteran Cesar Hernan Reynoso (15-12-4, 7).
The talented Sabirov became only the third man to stop Reynoso, breaking him down in 7 rounds. Whilst stopping a journeyman isn't an out and out massive achievement the performance from Sabirov was very impressive, and he looks set for big things in the future.
The other was Batyrzhan Jukembayev (15-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаев], who had to go 10 rounds to take a decision over the durable Gilberto Meza (10-6-1, 6), who was a late replacement for the Kazakh. Meza, who has never been stopped, went 10 rounds here, and even won a few rounds from the Kazakh, but was clearly the loser over the distance with Jukembayev being too good overall.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Aioi Hall in Kariya had the chance to see the latest show in the Green Dream series.
The main event of the card saw Japanese ranked Lightweights clashing in an interesting looking match up.
The contest in question saw the once beaten Masanori Rikiishi (5-1, 3) [佐藤政法] shine, as he dominated Kei Iwahara (10-6, 5) [岩原慶] over 8 rounds.
The talented Rikiishi, fighting for the third time since losing to Kosuke Saka last year, dominated the bout dropping Iwahara twice on route to a unanimous decision with scores of 80-71 and 80-70, twice. This is Rikiishi's second straight win over a Japanese ranked opponent and it seems likely that he will begin to chase a title bout, potentially getting into the title mix by the end of 2019.
On the same card former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Ryosuke Maruki (16-6-1, 11) [丸木凌介] scored a 5th round TKO win over Kun Woo Kang (4-3-3, 1) to score his first win in over a year.
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Yesterday in California fight fans were able to see unbeaten Uzbek Heavyweight hopeful Bakhodir Jalolov (5-0, 5) extend his perfect record, as he scored a stoppage win over American foe Willie Harvey (3-2-1, 3).
The unbeaten man was originally scheduled to face former WBA Cruiserweight challenger Santander Silgado (28-6, 22), though Silgado was replaced at late notice by Harvey. Sadly the change of opponent was a huge downgrade and Harvey was stopped in the second round.
Now we know that Jalolov will return to the ring on April 10th, but his opponent is unknown for that bout.
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