The Tokyo card, dubbed "The Best of Best", has already featured two very highly regarded young prospects and a title unification bout between an OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion. For those interested in watching these bouts they will be featured in the near future on boxingraise.com.
The first of the prospects in action was Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] who continued his perfect record with a wide 6 round decision win against Filipino Vincent Bautista (5-6-3, 1). Taniguchi, who began his career with 4 straight stoppage wins, was coming in to this bout on the back of a split decision over Dexter Alimento though showed no lack of confidence as he won every round against against Bautista. Following the fight the unbeaten man announced he would be looking to get into the title mix next year.
The second of the prospects in action was the destructive Hiroto Kyoguchi (5-0, 5) [京口 紘人] who took on Filipino southpaw Junuel Lacar (7-4-3, 5). Despite fightign his first southpaw Kyoguchi settled into action quickly and in round 3 landed a series of uppercutts that dropped Lacar. With Lacar trying to regain his feet his corner threw in the towel, seemingly sensing their man was too game for his own good. Kyoguchi admitted that he was worried about facing his first southpaw opponent but it didn't seem to show here and we'd be shocked if he's not in the title mix at some point in 2017.
The main bout from the under-card saw the under-rated Masayuki Ito (20-1-1, 9) [伊藤 雅雪] not only defend his OPBF Super Featherweight, but also unify it with the WBO Asia Pacific title as he clearly out-pointed the teak tough, and always game, Takuya Watanabe (30-7-1, 16) [渡邉 卓也]. Ito, who will be looking to fight for world titles soon, was a deserving winner with score cards that read 117-111, twice, and 118-110. Although Watanabe refused to give up he was limited in his success as Ito's timing, speed and movement were the difference between the two fighters.
Again for fans wanting to watch these bouts these will be aired on boxingraise.com, likely from tomorrow.
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