The talented Watanabe, who suffered set backs in his third and fourth bout entered the bout on a 3 fight winning streak, but seemed to be well aware that this was a dangerous step up, against a man with serious power. In fact on his last visit to Japan Blazo heavily dropped Koki Eto, and had Eto in all sorts of problems early.
The knowledge of Blazo's power saw Watanabe fight to an intelligent gameplan, boxing and moving, and leaving Blazo unable to unload his dynamite shots with any regularity. The Filipino did have his moments, but for the most part they were fleeting with Watanabe having his man scouted well.
It wasn't until the final round that Watanabe really managed to shake Blazo, who was showing signs of tiredness, but he was unable to close the show, needing to take the decision with scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-75.
Despite the clear win, Watanabe was disappointed in his performance. Saying that though, he did talk about fighting for a title in the near future, with the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles both being targets for the talented Watanabe.
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