One of those was former Japanese Minimumweight title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (7-1, 5) [谷口 将隆], who easily over-came the over-matched Benjie Bartolome (2-10-2), who retired at the end of the opening round to suffer his 8th stoppage loss. For Taniguchi the bout was his first since a narrow loss to Reiya Konishi in a Japanese title fight, and it's clear that he will be hunting his second title fight in the near future.
The other prospect was the brilliantly talented Hironori Mishiro (2-0, 1) [三代 大訓], who took a clear decision win over the limited but tough Pablito Canada (6-12-1, 1). Whilst Mishiro was always expected to win he did get a good work out here against a tough Canada, who has only been stopped once during his career, and interestigly fought to a draw earlier this year with up coming Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Hirotsugu Yamamoto.
Notable Japanese female fighter Umi Ishikawa (5-0, 3) [石川 海] made it 3-0 for Japan as she stopped Aisah Alico (6-8, 5) at the end of round 3, to move towards her title fights.
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