Earlier today fights fans in Osaka saw former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (22-12-2, 19) extend his career with a significant win, as he over-came touted Japanese fighter Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-2-1, 10) [京口 竜人] in a notable upset.
Coming in to the bout it seemed like Lopez, who's career has flatered in recent times, was being brought in to boost Kyoguchi towards a potential OPBF title fight. The Filipino hadn't read script though and fought as if he was there to give the 26 year old hopeful a beating.
From the early moments the two men took it in turns to land big shots as they traded hooks, and let the power shots fly at each other. Unfortunately for the local it was the visitor with the edge in skills and power and he managed to drop Kyoguchi, scoring the only knockdown of the fight.
Although Kyoguchi refused to stay down the knockdwon helped secure Lopez the decision, with scores of 78-75 and 77-75, getting him a split decision against a bizarre card of 77-76 in favour of Kyoguchi.
This was Lopez's 3rd visit to Japan but his first win on Japan soil, and more tellingly his first win out side of the Philippines since a 2011 win in Mexico against Oscar Ibarra.
Sadly for Kyoguchi, the older brother of the very highly regarded Hiroto Kyoguchi, this is his second loss in the space of two years, and given his out of the ring problems in recent times it's going to take a real show of character to come back from this set back.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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