Earlier today fights fans in Osaka saw former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (22-12-2, 19) extend his career with a significant win, as he over-came touted Japanese fighter Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-2-1, 10) [京口 竜人] in a notable upset.
Coming in to the bout it seemed like Lopez, who's career has flatered in recent times, was being brought in to boost Kyoguchi towards a potential OPBF title fight. The Filipino hadn't read script though and fought as if he was there to give the 26 year old hopeful a beating.
From the early moments the two men took it in turns to land big shots as they traded hooks, and let the power shots fly at each other. Unfortunately for the local it was the visitor with the edge in skills and power and he managed to drop Kyoguchi, scoring the only knockdown of the fight.
Although Kyoguchi refused to stay down the knockdwon helped secure Lopez the decision, with scores of 78-75 and 77-75, getting him a split decision against a bizarre card of 77-76 in favour of Kyoguchi.
This was Lopez's 3rd visit to Japan but his first win on Japan soil, and more tellingly his first win out side of the Philippines since a 2011 win in Mexico against Oscar Ibarra.
Sadly for Kyoguchi, the older brother of the very highly regarded Hiroto Kyoguchi, this is his second loss in the space of two years, and given his out of the ring problems in recent times it's going to take a real show of character to come back from this set back.
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The past few days have seen numerous shows and bouts announced. The latest to be announced has come from Green Tsuda who announced "Crash Boxing Vol 11" earlier today, with the show set to take place on April 2nd at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
The full card wasn't announced but a number of bouts were, whilst other fighters were also confirmed for the card.
The main event of the show will see Japanese #2 ranked Super Flyweight Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-2, 8) [奥本 貴之] battle against Filipino visitor Eranio Semillano (13-7-2, 4), with Semillano bringing an top 10 OPBF ranking into the ring with him.
In the chief support bout we'll see the touted Kazuki Tanaka (6-0, 5) [田中 一樹] take on a yet to be named opponent, though Tanaka and his team have stated that the opponent will be a world ranked fighter with Tanaka looking to make a big statement on the show.
Another notable bout announced is a contest between Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-1-1, 10) [京口 竜人] and former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (21-12-2, 19), with Lopez defending his OPBF Featherweight ranking.
Also confirmed for this show are former OPBF Bantamweight Yu Kawaguchi (25-8, 12) [川口 裕] and female fighter Fuka Komura (2-0, 1) [小村 楓香], though neither of those fighters has had their opponent for the show named as of yet.
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According to Australian sources we'll see Filipino Silvester Lopez (27-11-2, 19) travel to Australia in mid-October to face off with unbeaten Australian Luke Jackson (12-0, 5) in Tasmania. The two men are expected to fight for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title.
Silvester, a once touted Filipino hopeful, was once 19-3-1 (15) and regarded as a genuine contender. In fact in July 2012 he took on the then WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato and was ranked #1 by the WBC leading into that bout. Since that bout however he has struggled to create much in terms of career momentum, in fact after losing to Sato Silvester has gone 8-7-1.
Although struggling for form Silvester has been mixing with excellent quality of opponents, facing the likes of Adrian Young, Thabo Sonjica, Rey Vargas and XiaoJun Qiu and the men beating him would be favoured over Jackson at this point.
As for the Australian Jackson competed at the 2012 Olympics, losing to Liu Qiang in his opening contest. and turned professional the following year. His career took some time to get going but in 2015 he claimed the Australian Featherweight title, defeating Will Young. He built on that win, and earlier this year he claimed the WBA Oceania Featherweight title, with a win over John Mark Apolinario, a former world title challenger.
With an unbeaten record Jackson is showing promise but this is a big step up in class for the 31 year old who now knows it's time to push forward with his career. A win over Silvester will be the first step for Jackson to get big bouts, but it's a tough first step, even if Silvester has been struggling the past few years.
Whilst much of our focus over the last few days is on this coming Sunday, there was some action this past Wednesday with Filipino fans in Pasay City getting the chance to see a pair of title fights, both of which resulted in new champions being crowned.
One of those title bouts saw the under-rated Richard Pumicpic (18-7-2, 6) claim the WBC International Super Bantamweight title with an 8th round technical decision over the previously unbeaten Joe Noynay (10-1-1, 3). The bout ended after Pumicpic suffered a cut from an accidental headclash and, following the WBC's rules, Noynay was deducted a point as a result. That point did make a difference to the scorecards with all 3 judges scoring the contest 76-75 to Pumicpic. Head it not been for the WBC's rule this would have been a 76-76 draw.
The other title bout saw the once beaten Jeffrey Francisco (14-1-1, 1) claim the WBC EPBC Bantamweight crown with a split decision win over Japanese southpaw Yusuke Suzuki (6-3, 4). On paper this one looked like a straight forward win for Francisco, who got off to a great start dropping Suzuki in round 2, but the reality is that Suzuki is better than his record suggests and he gave Francisco a very tough test. That's despite one judge having it widely in favour of Francisco.
Other notable results from this card included an opening round win for hard hitting prospect Allan Vallespin (6-0, 6), who blew away journeyman Jomar Borbon (4-24-2, 2), a 4th round win for Dave Penalosa (11-0, 8), who easily saw off Menard Zaragosa (6-23-1, 4) and a 6 round decision win for former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (26-11-2, 18), who out pointed Jeson Berwela (4-22, 2).
Sho Nakazawa overcomes former world title challenger Silvester Lopez, but is dropped en route to win
Earlier today fans in Osaka saw Japanese youngster Sho Nakazawa (7-0, 4) faced his stiffest test to date as he battled former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (26-11-2, 18), a hard hitting and dangerous Filipino.
Coming in to the bout everyone knew Nakazawa was facing his stiffest test to date though few would have expected the Japanese youngster to have begun the bout the way he did, being dropped in second round by the clubbing power of Lopez.
For a few moments things looked troublesome for the touted Japanese youngster, who many had tipped as a potential world champion. The knockdown however was a blessing in disguise and it seemed to immediately make him realise that he was going to have to be careful and box here rather than risk getting into a fight. The wake up call was taken well with Nakazawa using his feet and movement to make Lopez look second best for the most part, though he did struggle to land too much of note himself at times.
From the middle rounds it was all Nakazawa who was too quick, too skilled and too accurate, finding more and more holes in Lopez's defense as the Filipino dropped round after round to his 22 year old foe.
Come the final bell the early knockdown was long forgotten with Nakazawa running out a clear winner with scores of 97-3, 97-93 and 98-91.
After the fight the Japanese fighter seemed to suggest he was wanting to move to title level and a bout with Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni now seems to be his target.
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