For fans of big action, this weekend seemed a little quiet. There was no "world" title bouts, there was no big name American action and there was little that really stood out.
Digging a bit deeper however there was a lot of under-the radar action across the planet. In fact we saw several world ranked fighters in action, albeit they weren't necessarily in high profile bouts.
At the Korakuen Hall we had a Celes Promotions event headlined by the world ranked Rysouke Iwasa (15-1, 9). Iwasa, ranked by the WBC (#2), WBO (#3) and IBF (#15) easily out pointed the over-matched Jecker Buhawe (14-9-1, 9) taking a clear shut out.
Although this bout doesn't appear to have been televised live it does seem likely that it will be shown later this week on Nippon TV along with the full undercard.
On the undercard Spice Matsushita (11-8, 2) was forced to reitre between rounds 7 and 8 in a battle with Jun Hamana (8-1, 3). This was one of 3 early finishes with Romnick Magos (9-2, 5) stopping Kohei Kubo (15-4-1, 10) in round 5 and Yuki Kubo (3-1, 2) stopping Yoshihisa Inoue (1-1) in the second.
What was shown on live TV (thanks to RCTI) was Indonesian Daud Cino Yordan (31-3-0-1, 23) claiming the IBO Lightweight title. The man dubbed "The Indonesia Thunder" successfully jumped up from Featherweight to defeat Argentinian Daniel Eduardo Brizuela (25-2-2-1, 8) via a unanimous deicison.
As well as the 2 stoppages on the undercard there was also decision victories for Tetsuma Hayashi (22-2-1, 7) who was a clear victor over Marzon Cabilla (9-9-1, 4) and Yu Kimura (12-2-1, 2) who defeated Tatsuya Fukuhara (12-3-3, 3).
Eyes are focussed on Nippon TV for the footage on Monday night!
The Indonesian, fighting for the first time since being stopped by Simpiwe Vetyeka in April, carried his power up to 135lbs without any problems and rocked his naturally bigger opponent several times. Despite the clear power edge Yordan couldn't drop Brizuela who used his movement excellently to keep the bout very competitive (much more so than the cards showed).
Unfortunately a cut suffered in the middle rounds by Yordan may end up keeping him out of the ring for the rest of the year.
Unfortunately things weren't as successful for Yordan's compatriot Rasmanudin (17-4-2, 9) who was defeated by Australian Jason Cooper (7-1-1, 3) in a bout for the IBO Asia Pacific Buper Bantamweight title. It needs to be said that although Rasmanudin lost he put on a great show especially in round 10 which could go down as one of the rounds of the year.
On the very same card Australian based Iranian Amir Ranjdar (11-20, 5) was stopped in 2 rounds by Aussie Sam Hogan (4-0, 2). This was the 6th straight stoppage loss for Ranjdar.
Sadly in South Africa Silvester Lopez (20-6-2, 15) couldn't claim the IBO Super Bantamweight title. Lopez, fighting in South Africa for the first time was matched against fringe world title contender Thabo Sonjica (18-2, 13), who proved to be too big and too strong for the former Super Flyweight title contender. Sadly for Lopez he was stopped in the 6th round, the first stoppage loss of his career.
With a record of 1-3-1 Lopez's career is now in tatters. We'd like to see him returning to the Filipino domestic scene but we're worried he'll become more of a journeyman on the international stage than anything else, a real shame for a man who just a few years ago looked to be a very promising young fighter.
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