Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hlal saw former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (16-0, 11) [岡田 博喜] extend his unbeaten record, as he put on an excellent performance against dangerous Filipino Jheritz Chavez (7-2-2, 5) en route to taking a wide decision.
The talented Okada has been less than impressive in recent bouts but looked in control throughout this bout, using his skills to rack up the points against a strong and awkward Okada.
Okada's skills were the key, but he was kept on his toys and everytime he made a mistake Chavez managed to land telling hooks, with both hands. Those shots left Okada's face looking swollen and cut after the 10 round contest, but the damage never looked like stopping the local favourite, with Okada taking the decision with scores of 100-90, 100-91 and 99-93.
Despite the win Okada will have to take some notable time out of the ring whilst a nasty cut on his right eye heals. That's likely to slow his move to Oriental, WBO Asia Pacific and potentially world title fights, but today's contest was certainly a better showing than his other recent ones, and it looks like he needs a test before he fights to the best of his ability.
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