In 2008 Japanese fans were treat to a thriller as Chris John retained his WBA Featherweight title with a 12 round decision over Hiroyuki Enoki in one of John's more entertaining and exciting fights. Not many would believe us if we said Chris john was involved ina war but this one really was, in fact this one was a really engaging, exciting and truly wonderful bout and although Enoki was the clear loser on the scorecards he played his part in what was a really entertaining fight. Sadly for Enoki this was the start of the end and he would only win one of his subsequent 4 bouts before retiring whilst John would continue to hold his world title until 2013.
Just 2 years later we had 2 more title fights in Japan. One of those saw the tremendous Toshiaki Nishioka successfully defending his WBC Super Bantamweight title against British challenger Rendall Munroe with a brilliant 12 round decision. For many British fans this was their first chance to see Nishioka in action though proved his quality as he clearly dominated the British fighter. On the same card we also saw Roman Gonzalez take a 2nd round KO against former foe Francisco Rosas to retain his interim WBA Light Flyweight title and put his only close decision well and truly behind him.
In 2011 we saw another Japanese fighter in world title action as Akira Yaegashi claimed his first world title as he stopped Thailand's Pornsawan Porpramook in 10 rounds to win the WBA Minimumweight title. This was the first world title win for Yaegashi who would later become one of the most exciting Japanese fighters of recent years. Following this bout Yaegashi would claim the WBC Flyweight title, a title he lost this year to Roman Gonzalez.
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