Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (15-3-1, 8) [竹中 良] record the 2nd defense of his title as he defeated Filipino Randy Braga (19-2-1, 5) with a wide 12 round decision.
The champion got off to a solid start using his jab to establish the distance he wanted and slowly work in his straight left hand and right hook. Although Braga seemed faster he struggled to get a foot hold in the early stages, and by the time the scores were announced at the end of round 4 the action was heating up nicely.
Going in to round 5 Takenaka was in a clear lead, 39-37 on two cards and 40-37 on the other.
Takenaka's domination of the bout continued through the middle portion of the bout, with his right hook being a key punch, through the middle rounds and by the end of round 8 the champion was in a commanding lead, courtesy of scores of 79-74 and 78-74, twice.
In the final rounds Takenaka looked to try and up the pace, landing some brilliant body shots, but never managed to hurt the challenger who continued to try but struggled to claim a single one of the final rounds, losing with cards of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-110.
With the win Takenaka extends his reign but seemed to confess that he wasn't ready for a wold title fight and seemed disappointed in his performance. For Braga the loss is the clear defeat if his career, and he seemed to have nothing to really challenge Takenaka, and may well find himself struggling at this type of level going forward.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will aired over the weekend on Fuji TV as part of their Diamond Glove series of shows.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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