Whilst fans around the world are eagerly anticipating Ryota Murata's bout with Jesus Angel Nerio there were a number of fighters anticipating their own bouts earlier today. Here, ahead of the televised portion of the show, we have the undercard results.
The most notable, and by for the biggest eye opener, saw the unbeaten Shohei Omori (12-0, 7) score the biggest win of his career with a stoppage over former world title contender Christian Esquivel (25-5, 20). Omori went in to this bout as a relative unknown outside of Japan, though looked sensational as he stopped Esquivel in 4 rounds. The Mexican went in to the bout ranked #9 by the WBC at Bantamweight, though we now expect he'll drop out of the top 15 with Omori certainly deserving to be ranked on the back of this result.
A second notable prospect in action on this show was the very highly touted Sho Nakazawa (4-0, 4) who made light work of Indonesian Gun Tinular (11-18-1, 6). Tinular, who had been stopped 10 previous times, was taken out with a vicious body shot by Nakazawa who really does look like a star in the making. The hype and expectation on Nakazawa is huge and although Tinular was there to make him look good he still managed to get the job done with out any more issues.
Esquivel wasn't the only former world title challenger on the card, in fact both the Mexican and Filipino Malcolm Tunacao (34-3-3, 20) have both been beaten by Shinsuke Yamanaka. Tunacao, unlike Esquivel, managed to notch up a win today though he was given a tougher than expected battle as Korea's Joo-Hyun Jung (6-3-1, 2) gave a fantastic account of himself. Jung beaten by decision though put up the type of fight which will see fans wanting to see him back in action once again.
A fourth notable bout featured for All-Japan Rookie of the Year Tatsuya Ikemizu (10-0, 4) who had a very short night's work taking out Oke Haryanto (5-2-1, 2) in just 107 seconds. Ikemizu would have loved the fact he scored such a quick stoppage, though we day say he's have rather have had some more time in the ring rather than having such a quick blast out victory.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp and is of Omori)
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