In 2016 Filipino fighter Jetro Pabustan (29-5-6, 9) challenged for a WBO world title in Thailand, coming up short on that occassion. Earlier this year the Filipino was on the road again, and this time found some success, as he claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title by scoring a technical decision win in Japan.
Today Pabustan returned to Japan to take on exciting challenger Hiroaki Teshigawara (15-2-2, 9) [勅使河原 弘晶], and unfortunately for the Filipino his reign was ended, with the visitor suffering his first stoppage defeat.
From the off it was clear that Teshigawara had the edge in power, strength and aggression. It was those traits that allowed the challenger to get off to a great start, claiming the first 2 rounds on all 3 cards, and being in the lead after 5 roiunds.
To his credit Pabustan always tried to keep things close, and refused to back down. That fighhting spirit of Pabustan was on show through the second half of the fight, with a spirited effort in round 7 and 8. Sadly though for Pabustan it was the last Hurrah for Pabustan who was dropped in round 9 and stopped the following round, as the referee saved the now former champion.
For Teshigawara the win is c areer defining victory and will begin his reign as a champion, whilst he also seeks a rematch with Japanese champion Ryo Akaho.
For Pabustan it was a good effort, but he simply couldn't cope with Teshigawara and it wouldn't be a surprise to see rising contenders take on Pabustan now with the Filipino settling as a gatekeeper between regional and world level.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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