Last night fight fans in Durango, Mexico, had the chance to see two Asian fighters face off against former Mexican world champions in bouts that were seen, on paper as two total mismatches.
The first of those bouts saw Filipino Crison Omayao (20-13-3, 7) lose with a 5th round TKO to former unified Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (20-4-1, 13). The former champion dropped "D'Cowboy" several times en route to the stoppage with the referee waving off the bout and saving the visitor from further punishment.
The second bout saw unheralded Japanese fighter Shohei Kawashima (14-1-2, 3) [川島 翔平] take on former unified Super Flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (55-8-2, 26), in a bout for the WBC Silver Featherweight title. Kawashima really applied himself brilliantly and was really unfortunate to come up short on the scorecards, losing 113-115 on all 3 cards.
The general view seemed to be that had the bout not been in Mexico then Kawashima would have claimed the decision and would have claimed one of the upsests of the year, with the Japanese youngster being priced as wide as 9/1 going into the bout. Hopefully the performance will open doors for the technically well schooled Japanese fighter, despite the loss.
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