Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka had the chance to see former world title challenger Sho Ishida (26-1, 15) [石田 匠] take on Filipino puncher Richard Claveras (18-5-2, 15) and score stoppage win over the visitor.
The talented Ishida, who is best known for losing a decision to WBA Super Flyweight champion Kal Yafai, fought well behind his jab, despite taking some shots from Claveras, for the first 3 rounds. Early in round 4 however Ishida got through with some powerful right hands, that hurt the visitor and a follow up forced the referee to stop the bout.
After the bout Ishida spoke to the press and stated that he was was wanting to to have another challenge at a world title, and it seems like he's looking to work his way back into contention, something that today's win will certainly help him with. The Super Flyweight division is a stacked one right now, but Ishida does seem to be more confident in his ability following the loss to Yafai and it does seem like he is really maturing fight by fight.
Interestingly Ishida did speak about a possible showdown with former stablemate Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔], who is set to return to the ring as a Super Flyweight in September. Ishida stated that he was happy for Ioka to return, but that he would have to make sure he didn't if he did take on his former gym mate. Saying that however he said the possibility of the bout taking place is very low.
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Earlier today we had the chance to catch an Australian show thanks to FITE TV, who broadcast the show on a PPV basis. The card was an interesting one for us as it featured a number of notable Asian fighters.
The first of those was former world title challenger Richard Claveras (18-4-2, 15), who took on Andrew Moloney (17-0, 10) in a bout for the WBA Oceania Super Flyweight title. Claveras went out aggressively but the more technically skilled Moloney proved to be too smart and too quick on the whole, and even fought southpaw at one point as he racked up the rounds. The Filipino was always dangerous, and showed that by dropping Moloney in round 7, sadly though the Australian was pretty much able to avoid Claveras's power in the final 3 rounds to take home a clear and wide decision.
The second bout saw former 2-time WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (33-12-1, 14) [河野 公平] move up to Bantamweight to face off with unbeaten Australian prospect Jason Moloney (17-0, 14). Kono fought like he always does, looking to force a high tempo war, and to begin with Moloney tried to avoid a fire fight, using his better boxing skills to land at range. Both men landed some great though remarkable Kono was dropped by a jab in round 3. Kono suffered a cut in round 4 that worsened through the fight and in round 6 it was a mess, covering the ring and Moloney in claret. Kono managed to get past a doctor's inspection in round 6 but was stopped at the very start of the following round, with the cut ruled to have come from a punch.
With the win Moloney is thought to have secured his spot in the Bantamweight World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) whilst Kono will be expected to think hard and long about his future. This is only the second stoppage loss of Kono's careeer, but it does seem like he's looking his age now.
Before either Claveras or Kono fought there was also a loss for Korean fighter Dong Young Kang (3-5-2), who was dropped in round 2 before losing a decision to Tim Hateley (4-4-1)
This coming weekend fight fans will be able to see former world title challenger Richard Claveras (18-3-2, 15) go up against WBA Oceania Super Flyweight champion Andrew Moloney (16-0, 10). For Claveras the bout is his third away from the Philippines, as he continues to look to score his first win on foreign soil, and is potentially a chance to put himself back into the world title mix. As for Moloney the bout is a chance to take another Filipino scalp following wins over the likes of Cris Alfanta, Jether Oliva, Renoel Pael, Raymond Tabugon and Rene Dacquel in the last 2 years.
This bout, which will be shown on PPV with FITE TV, has interestingly caught the eye of British book makers who have got the bout priced up, and unsurprisingly the unbeaten Australian prospect is nigh on unbackable, thanks to his great performances.
For those who are adamant about the Aussie winning the odds on him are , at best, 1/16. Many bookies have him at 1/20 or 1/25 showing just how strongly favoured he is. So far he has looked sensational and appears to be a world champion in the making.
Claveras, who lost in a world title fight at Light Flyweight against the then WBC champion Pedro Guevara and narrowly lost in an OPBF Flyweight title fight last year, is available at 10/1 to win this bout and score a career best win. Although best priced at 10/1 he is available at 9/1 and 8/1 by other bookies, showing that no one is really giving him a chance.
As for those who expect the unexpected and think a draw is a good shout here, the odds on that are 33/1.
Sadly other than the fight result there is no other market available, at the time of writing, for this bout.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a new OPBF Flyweight champion being crowned as little known Japanese fighter Keisuke Nakayama (10-2-1, 4) [中山 佳祐] took a split decision upset win against former world title challenger Richard Claveras (17-3-2, 14).
The bout started tactically with Nakayama using his footwork to try and neutralise the heavy hands of the Filipino visitor, knowing that Claveras is a raw puncher. Not only did Nakayama show nice movement but he stuck to a game plan, landing counters early in an attempt to dissuade Claveras from throwing too much heavy leather in the early going, when he's typically the most dangerous.
The tactics of Nakayama had mixed success with the judges. One thought it was perfect, scoring the first 4 rounds all in his favour, one was unimpressed, giving him only round 2, whilst the third judge seemed to cool on the idea, giving him rounds 1 and 2. The tactic was a smart one, even if it wasn't to the judges liking, as it helped to see off the early storm of Claveras'.
The middle portion of the bout saw Claveras begin to have more success, as he upped the pressure. Sadly however the Filipino was punished for his successes with Nakayama landing some solid counters and fighting well off the back foot, particularly in round 7 where all 3 judges agreed for one of the very few times in the fight. #that success of Nakayama saw him move to the lead on two cards, with scores of 78-74 in his favour, and be level on the other, at 76-76.
Knowing he was behind at the start of round 9 Claveras came out to make a statement and clearly won the final part of the fight, with all 3 judges giving him round 9 and two judges giving him rounds 10 and 12, but in the end he simply had too much to do too late in the bout. He had eked out a win on one card, 115-113, but that had been over-ruled by scores of 115-113 and 116-112 to Nakayama who had earned the split decision and the biggest win of his career, by far.
For Nakayama the win is a career best and sees him claiming his first professional title, which he will have to defend against some stiff competition in the near future if he's not going to vacate it. It's the type of win which could help boost his career massively, or could be just a freak result in a career that could be a flash in the pan if he's not careful. As for Claveras, he seemed to feel a little annoyed at the scoring, suggesting he felt it was a draw, and stated that he was wanting a rematch with the new champion.
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Tomorrow we will see a potentially brilliant OPBF Flyweight title bout as former world title challenger Richard Claveras (17-2-2, 14) battles Japan's Keisuke Nakayama (9-2-1, 4) [中山 佳祐].
Today Nakayama and Claveras took part in their weigh in, and both men managed to make weight for the contest.
The taller, but less proven, Nakayama was the heavier man on the scales, coming in at 112lbs exactly. He admitted to being nervous, for what is his first title bout, but he sounded like a man who had scouted Claveras and is aware that the Filipino is mostly dangerous early in the bout.
Claveras on the other hand was under the limit, albeit by only a small bit, and looked in great shape for the contest. The bout will serve as his first defense of the title, after the OPBF upgraded his interim title, and will see him fight on Japanese soil for the first time, with the promise of an exciting contest and a KO win.
For fans wanting to watch this, it will be aired on Boxingraise as part of their subscription.
Claveras and Nakayama face off for OPBF glory!
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