Earlier today (May 3rd) saw Japanese boxing series "Dangan" return for the 100th version of their well loved show.
"Dangan 100" didn't have a headline name of international value, it didn't have former world title contenders or world ranked fighters on it, instead what it had was 4 top class bouts between well regarded fighters.
The first of those 4 big bouts saw Johnreil Maligro (11-0, 8), otherwise known as Jun Sakura, out point fellow prospect Tatsuya Yanagi (10-1, 4) in a competitive and compelling contest. Maligro, originally from the Philippines, saw a 4 fight stoppage run come to an end though the 19 year old will acknowledge that this is easily the best win of his career so far.
The second of those bouts saw Ryuta Otsuka (14-6-2, 4) stopping fellow Japanese fighter Yosuke Fujihara (14-3, 4) in the 5th round. This was a tough contest and a good win for Otsuka who re-affirms his Japanese ranking in the Super Flyweight decision.
One of two former Japanese champions in action was Masaaki Serie (25-6, 10) who over-came Filipino Michael Escobia (10-7-1, 2) in a tough and hard fought decision. Serie was always expected to win but wouldn't have expected such a competitive contest.
The headline bout featured the second former Japanese national champion on the show, Rikiya Fukuhara (29-7-1, 21). Fukuhara stopped Filipino visitor Jaderes Padua (9-4-1, 6) in just 72 seconds before calling out Japanese national champion Satoshi Hosono. A bout between Fukuhara and Hosono later this year would likely go the same way as their meeting back in 2012, when Hosono stopped Fukuhara back in 7 rounds though we'd not mind about seeing a rematch between the two heavy handed fighters.
(Image, of Fukuhara, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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