Later today fans around the world will focus their attention on Las Vegas as we finally see Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr in their long anticipated super-fight. The boxing world however did sit on it's hands and wait until the opening bell, instead there have been shows through the day from around the world, including Dangan 127 from the legendary Japanese venue the "Korakuen Hall".
The main event on the card was the most notable of the bouts and featured two Japanese ranked Light Welterweights who were essentially fighting for the right to be considered as the top domestic challenger to reigning Japanese champion Hiroki Okada. One of those men was former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Shinya Iwabuchi (25-5, 21) whilst the other was Ryusei Yoshida (26-7, 13), a man looking to work his way towards his first domestic title bout.
The two men had entered with similar looking records on paper though the reality was that they had been competing at different levels. Yoshidas's best win had come against Shohei Okuda and he had fought much of his career at Lightweight, or lower. Iwabuchi however had mixed with some of the best in Asia beating domestic foes like Koichi Aso (AKA Shamgar Koichi), Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Shinya Nagase, Valentine Hosokawa and Jimrex Jaca and losing to world ranked opponents like Min Wook Kim and Keita Obara.
The levels, and power, told almost from the off with every punch Iwabuchi conected visibly taking it's toll on Yoshida who could do little to get Iwabuchi's respect. The accumulation of punches from Iwabuchi was wearing down Yoshida and in round 5 it seemed that it was only a matter of time before Yoshida would ultimately crumble.
Crumble Yoshida did, just a round later as Iwabuchi let off one of his trademark salvo's with vicious intent on every shot.
Talk now is that Iwabuchi could be getting a shot at Okada later in the year, or a third shot at the OPBF title which is set to be vacated by Keita Obara, who stopped Iwabuchi in the 12 round of an OPBF title fight last year. For Yoshida however it seems the future is a mystery, though we suspect he'll drop back down to Lightweight where he is more naturally suited.
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