In the first of two world title fights on an Ioka promoted show in Osaka, Ryo Miyazaki (20-0-3, 11) retained his WBA Minimumweight title, defeating interim champion Jesus Silvestre (27-4, 20) in a narrow majority decision. Miyazaki, wasleft bloodied and cut, with his right eye in particular being a mess though showed the spirit and heart that has made him such a fan favourite.
The close and competitive nature of the contest can be seen clearly in the scorecards with Miyazaki taking the decision by scores of 115-114 and 115-113 with the third judge ruling it a 114-114 draw. Less than a round swing the other way would have seen Miyazaki dethroned as the fun to watch fighter again flirted with a loss.
The second world title bout on the Osaka show saw Kazuto Ioka (13-0, 9) retain his WBA Light Flyweight title thanks to a 7th round KO over Thailand's Kwanthai Sithmorseng (43-2-1, 22). This was the second defense for Ioka who will again be facing calls to face a genuinely top fighter in the division rather than continue to go through Thai opponents who haven't the skills or power to trouble him.
We've also been informed that on the Japanese card there was a 5th round technical decision victory for Filipino veteran Malcolm Tunacao (33-3-3, 21) who took out Thai novice Imron Lookkhlongtan (0-3). This was Tuncao's first bout since being stopped by Shinsuke Yamanaka back in April, and hopefully he'll manage to get another world title bout before his long career is over.
The show also had a stoppage victory for the talented Sho Ishida (14-0, 7) who stopped Thailand's experienced Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (22-7-1, 9) in the second round. We think it's probably fair to suggest that the 21 year old Ishida should be allowed "off the leash" now rather than held back any longer because he's looking like a fighter with amazing potential
The under-card also featured 5 other bouts. These saw Thai's having a bad time as Takahiro Yamamoto (10-3, 7) stopped Peerasaklek Wor Por Srisaket (0-1) and the debuting Masayoshi Hashizume (1-0, 1) stopped Phetsaifar Lukmaelamperigym (0-2). These stoppages were accompanied by another stoppage as Chocoboy Oizumi (1-2-1, 1) stopped Shosuke Jo (0-1).
The remaining undercard bouts all going to decision. These saw Daiya Shimazu (3-0, 2) out pointing Takumi Imasato (3-3) and Hikaru Matsuoka (3-1-3, 1) fighting to a draw with Toshiya Yokogawa (4-4-1, 4).
With volleyball taking over the Channel 7 air waves in Thailand on Friday we get treat to a mid week Thai show, a show that served as a starter for the main course from Japan later in the day.
The main event on the Thai show saw Norasing Kokietgym (8-0-1, 5) successfully defending his PABA Super Flyweight title. The novice Thai defated defeated a brave but out gunned Filipino challenger who started the bout very lively but was unfortunately dragged into an inside fight in which he was eventually out punched, out landed and out pointed.
Although Norasing retains his unbeaten record, we can't see the 27 year old Thai developing in to anything special. He'll be a tough opponent but we'd be shocked if he became a genuine world champion following on this performance.
Prior to Norasing's bout there had been an opening bout on the show. Unfortunately we missed the names of the two men so will try and get this result up later today.