Onaga, one of the forgotten men at the Ohashi Gym, entered the bout ranked #13 by the IBF and knew that if he was ever going to get a world title fight he had to win today, and win he did.
From the offset Onaga looked like a man determined for success and he quickly found his his timing, rhythm and distance. Teran tried hard during the early stages and even seemed to be competitive in the open rounds but by the end of round 3 Teran seemed to resign himself to defeat as he ate left hands in a bout that saw Onaga dominate the middle and later stretches.
The dominance of Onaga was reflected somewhat on the cards which all read 79-73, 78-74 and a strangely close 78-75.
Teran, best known for losing to David Sanchez last May in the WBA Interim title fight, was brave but that was his most notable facet as he struggled to really compete with the talented Japanese fighter who may well be interested in a world title fight on the road somewhere down the line. Though he will almost certainly have to travel for his shot at gold.
Interestingly boxing royalty was in the corner for Teran who had the brilliant Hilario Zapata in his corner. Zapata is of course a man well known in Asian boxing circles for his bouts with Shigeo Nakajima, Tadashi Tomori, Jung-Koo Chang, Dodie Boy Penalosa and SungKil Moon, among others.
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