The major fight in Thailand saw Mike Tawatchai (30-7-1, 20) claiming the IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title thanks to a competitive victory over Filipino Ricardo Roa (11-8-2, 3). This was the second time Roa had fought in Thailand, following a 5th round TKO loss to Pungluang Sor Singyu, and it appears fair to say that Tawatchai isn't going to go far on the back of this contest.
The other two bouts from the card saw early finishes as Patomsuk Pathompothong (25-1-1, 16) stopped Eusebio Baluarte (19-10, 12) in the second round and EakKhunphol Mor Krungthepthonburi (8-4, 4) took a 4 round decision over Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin (5-8, 2).
In Japan, at the Korakuen Hall, the show was 8 bout card which opened with Takahiro Iida (4-2-1, 1) taking a decision over Hokuto Sakata (2-3-1, 1) and Ryosuke Ota (1-4) taking his first victory with a decision over Keigo Oshima (0-3). Both of these taking place over the 4 round distance.
The card then moved on to a trio of 6 round contests. These saw promising Welterweight Yusuke Konno (7-1, 3) stopping Kai Zama (6-7, 4) in round 3 and decision victories for Shito Saito (6-3-1, 2) and Mitsumasa Takahashi (8-4, 2).
Saito over came Norimitsu Ebine (8-7-1, 5) in a genuine competitive decision whilst Takahashi struggled to a victory over the hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-5-2, 5) who lost by just a point on all 3 cards.
In one of the 8 round contests Koshinmaru Saito (19-5-1, 10), the #3 ranked Japanese Welterweight and #8 ranked OPBF Welterweight, defeated Shusaku Fujinaka (9-3-2, 6) via a 6 round technical decision. This victory will have helped Saito retain his rankings with both the OPBF and the JBC.
In the closest bout of the 8 round bouts Filipino Cris Paulino (11-1, 3) narrowly out pointed Yuki Fukumoto (15-7, 5) taking a split decision. This result, a successful one for the #2 ranked OPBF Flyweight, was actually the first bout outside of the Philippines for Paulino.
For us the most important bout on the card featured the #10 ranked OPBF Super Flyweight and #2 ranked Japanese Flyweight Yohei Tobe (6-1-1, 3). Tobe, a fighter who was basically ear marked as a star from his debut did suffer back-to-back setbacks though appears to be back on the up thanks to a solid decision victory over Ken Achiwa (8-10-2, 2).
We expect to see Tobe in the ring again in October when he is scheduled to face Yoshihito Ishizaki in what we think will effectively be a title eliminator.