Earlier this year we saw unbeaten Filipino Edward Heno (11-0-5, 5) fight to a much disputed draw with Japan's Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太] in a bout for the OPBF Light Flyweight title. Originally Heno was announced as the winner of the bout but the decision was reversed, with the final result being a draw that seemed to leave no one hapy.
Today the two fighters had a rematch and this time there was no disputing the winner with Heno stopping Ogido in the 7th round to claim the title and avenge the draw.
The bout started competitively though saw Heno pressing the action, closing the distance and landing his right uppercut and left hooks. Ogido gought back well, and his his moment fighting back, especially in rounds 2 and 3, but he never looked comfortable as Heno continued to press and muscle his way. The determination of Heno showed in round 4 as he forced mistakes for Ogido, who was warned for going low and was beginning to show signs of tiredness.
Ogido continued to try fighting back but in round 7 Ogido went down. His heart helped him to get up from the knockdown, but it wasn't long until the end as Heno jumped on his, unloaded his shots and eventually forced the finish with Ogido looking spent.
Whilst the set back is a big one for Ogido it should be noted that he could well have lost his previous two bouts and maybe this loss will do him the world of good. For Heno this will feel like he's corrected the judges decision from the draw in their first bout. The Filipino is a long way from being a world title challenger, but this bout will help him get the bouts he needs to open up world title contests in the years to come.
(Iimage courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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