Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a rejuvanated Nihito Arakawa (30-6-1, 18) [荒川 仁人] make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title as he stopped Filipino challenger Marbon Bodiongan (14-6-2, 11) in 6 rounds.
The Japanese veteran showed some new tricks to his arsenal, showing that he wasn't just the tough guy that we all remember facing Omar Figueroa, in what was a real FOTY contender back in 2013. The 35 year old showed a newly developed style as he switched between head and body with light, but continous shots whilst using previously unseen movement. The switching between head and body saw Bodiongan struggle in knowning where Arakawa was going to attack, and he looked completely inept at prevent Arakawa from doing what he pleased.
The sheer number of shots Arakawa was landing with did damage to Bodiongan, marking his right eye which had began to swell notably by the start of round 6, and really taking the fight away from his body. In the end it was the body shots that caused a knockdown of the Filipino and were the start of the end, with the referee being forced to save the over-matched visitor almost half way into round 6.
Following the bout Arakawa seemed to suggest that he was looking to get himself a world title fight. At the moment his only world ranking is with the WBO, and whilst it seems unlikely that he will be next in line for a WBO world title fight he does look to be on his way to earning one, and might only be a few defenses away from getting a shot at current champion Terry Flanagan.
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