Light Punching Japanese teenager Ryo Suwa (10-1, 1) [諏訪亮] scored a career best win earlier today, as he over-came Indonesian veteran Noldi Manakane (33-26-3, 18) at the EDION Arena Osaka.
Originally Manakane was supposed to face former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼], but Kubo was pulled from the bout only days after the contest was announced, leading to Suwa taking his place. It was a massive step up for Suwa, and the gulf in experience showed, with the 19 year old being shown more here than he has in pretty all of his other 10 bouts combined.
Suwa relied on his speed, his youth and energy, as well as his jab, to take rounds but Manakane was always looking dangerous and trying to time his counter right hands, in relatively unpredictable fashion. It made life hard for Suwa, who seemed unsure of himself and cautious of Manakane's power.
Despite being unsure of himself Suwa did what he needed to take the early rounds, before Manakane came out with impetus in round 8. By then however it was too little too late for the Indonesian veteran, who was on the losing end of the score-cards.
After 8 rounds the judges had the bout 77-76, 78-75 and 78-74 all in favour of Suwa.
It's worth noting that that this was Manakane's second bout in less than a month, coming only weeks after he held unbeaten Indonesian prospect Patrick Liukhoto to a draw in Jakarta, and is his 4th bout in just over 4 months. For Suwa this was a third decision win of the year, and he is now unbeaten since losing in December 2017 to Ikuro Sadatsune.
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