Earlier today at the Central Gym in Kobe fans saw "Real Spirits Vol 38", a show that featured 4 notable international bouts between Japanese fighters and Filipino fighters. For Filipino fight fans it was a show to remember as 3 of their fighters defeated their Japanese counter parts.
The least expected of the results saw Filipino journeyman Roque Lauro (11-16-4, 2) taking a split decision over the light hitting Ryuya Yamanaka (7-2, 2). What made this result such a shock was that Lauro had won just one of his previous 6 contests and just 2 of his previous 10. The record of the visiting fighter was misleading however and he had been fighting some well regarded opposition, such as Vergilio Silvano, Paipharob Kokietgym, Nawaphon Por Chochai, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Ronelle Ferreras, twice. Those bouts certainly helped him here against the less battle hardened Japanese teenager.
In another hard fought and competitive bout former OPBF title challenger Jhunriel Ramonal (13-7-4, 7) over-came Kota Fukuoka (15-5-2, 12). Ramonal, who had lost his last 2 bouts to Shingo Wake and JR Magboo, scored just his second win from 8 bouts. The bout was competitive from the first round to the last and there was little wonder the judges were split on the winner, at the end though it seemed that it just wasn't Fukuoka's day with Ramonal just that bit too quick over-all.
The third win for a Filipino saw saw the tough Renoel Pael (14-1-1, 5) take a dominant victory over the heavy handed Yuki Yonaha (3-2, 3). The scorecards all read 78-73 for the talented Filipino fighter who should be undefeated, after all he really deserved a win over Noknoi Sitthiprasert in Thailand back in February. For the 23 year old Yonaha this is a second successive set back and it seems that he if he can't knock his opponents out he's always going to win fights.
Following the trio of wins by Filipino's it came down to one man to restore some sense of hope for Japanese boxing. That came in the form of the very highly touted Shun Kubo (5-0, 4) who scored a less than satisfactory stoppage win over the unfortunate Renren Pasignahin (6-4-1, 2). From what we understand Pasignahin suffered a very painful leg injury in round 4 that forced him out of the bout. Although Kubo's win did stop the show from being a white wash this wouldn't have been how he was wanting the contest to end. A real shame and a sad way to end the show. Interestingly this was the first time Kubo had main event a show, we'd be very shocked if it was his last.
(Image, of Kubo and Pasignahin, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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