Earlier today fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka, saw WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight champion Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] successfully retain his and make his first defense, as he defeated Filipino challenger Richard Rosales (13-8-2, 7) in 8th rounds.
The challenger, was put on the back foot early on, with Konishi putting bringing the pressure. To his credit Roales fought back, but was unable to get the respect of Konishi who just kept applying the pressure. The close combat lead to both men being deducted points, with Rosales being penalised in both round 3 and in round 7, with the second deduction coming as he held and wrestled and began to appear like a tired and beaten fighter.
The scorecards weren't going to be needed with Rosales' taking more and more punishment and in round 8 his team threw in the towel, with 2 minutes 32 seconds of round 8 gone.
Despite the win Konishi really didn't shine, even apologising to the crowd for the bout. Rosales made for a frustrating style match up for Konishi, and the spoiling, fouls, wrestling and defense of the Filipino made life tough for the Japanese fighter, who is wanting to get a second world title fight in the new year. Given this performance it may be better for him to continue his development before facing a world level fighter. Konishi is a handful for anyone at 108lbs, but he seems to lack the class needed to move a handful to a serious threat, and he's too predictable too really be favoured over any of the top fighters in the division.
For Rosales we really wonder what his future has in store. He looks like a fighter resigned to losing, and this is his 5th loss in 7 bouts. He can be a nightmare for fighters at Oriental level when he shows desire, but we suspect that desire has been beaten out of him now, due to his recent form.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans will be able to see WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight champion Reiya Konishi (16-1, 6) [小西伶弥] make his first defense, as he faces off with Filipino challenger Richard Rosales (13-7-2, 7).
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made the 108lb limit, with some room to spare.
On the scales Konishi, who won the title earlier this year with a 12th round win over Orlie Silvestre, was 107.7lbs and looked in great shape. He spoke not so much about whether he would win, but how he looks, knowing that his performance is really important, especially if he wants a shot at a world title in 2019.
Rosales was even further under the limit, weighing 106.7lbs, and he looked tiny in comparison to Konishi. He not only looked small compared to the champion but also a bit fleshy, suggesting that he's only a Minimumweight when he's in tip top shape. Despite being the smaller man he sounded confident in comments to the media, but didn't look like a fighter who truly believed what he was saying.
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