This past weekend was incredible really. The world title fights on Saturday may have been the bulk of the action though surprisingly Sunday also saw a heft amount of action through both Japan and the Philippines.
For us the most noteworthy show was the Filipino one, which featured the only title bout of the day. That bout in particular saw Cris Paulino (13-1, 3) successfully retaining his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title with a clear decision over Renren Tesorio (12-4-3, 4). The decision seemed unlikely at one point as Paulino scored a pair of knockdowns in round 2, though Tesorio managed to recover took a few rounds in a bout that was never in question.
As well as the Paulino/Tesorio bout this show had a further 6 contests.
In 4 rounders Jaderes Padua (9-3-1, 6), returning to the Philippines after back to back stoppage losses in Mexico, stopped Lowell Saguisa (7-14, 3) in 3 rounds from a body shot and Kenjie Watanabe (2-1, 1) took a majority decision over Daffy Dempo (1-2, 1).
In action scheduled for 6 Lionel Mark Duran (11-9-2, 5) forced a retirement of Mabert Paulino(2-16) who was stopped at the end of round 3.
The bulk of this card was the 8 rounders who accounted for 3 of the 7 total bouts. Of the trio only one was actually competitive with Zoren Pama (5-8-3, 2) taking a split decision over Gerry Pateno (4-5-2, 2). The other 2 bouts ended in stoppages with the unbeaten Virden Rivera (5-0-1, 1) stopping Cris Leon (6-8-4, 3) in the sixth round and Roldan Aldea (5-1-1, 3) stopping the usually durable Jeson Berwela (4-16, 2) in the third.
Over in Japan there were 3 separate shows. The shortest of these was a 5 fight show at the Aioi Hall, one of 2 shows at the Aioi Hall on the same day.
This show, which was headlined by a scheduled 10 rounder between Kazuya Maruki (15-2, 10) and Rusmin Kie Raha (12-4-2, 2). Unfortunately despite being scheduled for 10 rounds it went just 91 seconds as Maruki overpowered and stopped Raha with out any real trouble. Sadly it wasn't just the main event that came to a very early conclusion but also the chief support bout which saw Ryosuke Maruki (7-1-1, 5) stopping Jamed Jalarante (22-16-1, 11) in just 47 seconds. Certainly a short day for the Maruki family.
From the whole card just one bout went the scheduled distance as Kosuke Mizuno (6-6-1, 2) took a split decision over Masami Moriizumi (5-2-1, 4) who has now lost back-to-back decisions.
The other two bouts on the show saw Masaaki Kawai (3-2-1, 3) stopping Shinpei Tominaga (0-1) in the fourth round and Taro Oikawa (3-2-1, 3) stopping Rochmad Santoso (3-3, 2) at the very end of round 5.
Oddly the other show at the Aioi Hall was a direct contrast to the one mentioned above. Of the 9 bouts on it amazingly 6 went the scheduled distance.
From those 9 contests on “the other” Aioi Hall show we got a staggering 46 rounds of action!
The main event was a very hard fought bout that saw Filipino Rey Labao (25-5, 16) taking a very close decision over Daiki Koide (20-6-2, 9). The bout, which saw the judges split was nip and tuck though Labao did deserve the decision in what was a very tough contest for both men. Like the main event the support bout also went the distance as Shinichi Tsukahara (8-6-2, 3) defeated the limited Yuji Iwata (6-5-1, 2) over 8 rounds.
Between the 2 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds we have a combined 11 of them. These saw Yuta Horiike (9-1-3, 2) taking a clear unanimous decision over Akito Hoshi (7-6, 2) and Kazuki Fukakura (6-6-2, 2) taking a clear fifth round technical decision over Yuya Nakazato (5-10, 5).
From the 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds amazingly 3 of them also went the distance. These distance bouts saw Hikaru Taiga (4-1, 2) out pointing the previously unbeaten Genki Nakashima (2-1) whilst we also had two draw with Yuta Takimoto (3-3-1, 2) fighting to a majority draw with Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1-1-1) and Kosei Toyoda (0-0-1) fighting to a draw with Masatsugu Ito (0-1-1).
The inly two bouts that ended in stoppages saw Takashi Igarashi (1-0, 1) scoring a debut victory in 2 rounds against Masanari Iwane (1-4) and Takeshi Sone (4-2-1, 1) stopping Akihiro Toya (0-1).
The one remaining show was at the IMP Hall in Osaka. This show, a 6 fight show, was headlined by Yuma Iwahashi (11-6-1, 1) taking a decision over Naoki Matsumoto (9-7-2, 2). This 8 rounder was close with Matsumoto definitely taking several rounds but the right guy did get the decision.
In the chief support contest Sho Nakazawa (2-0, 2) made light work of Thai debutant Petchamnart Manopkarnchang (0-1) who was stopped in the second round.
The undercard consisted of 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These saw Hirohide Murakami (1-1) taking a decision over Takuya Sumiyoshi (0-3-1), Masashi Wakita (2-1) also taking a decision as he defeated Kiyonori Matsumoto (2-0), Fumiya Imafuji (3-0-1, 1) taking an opening round victory over Joe Ryota (3-4, 1) whilst debutant Naoki Taniwa (1-0, 1) took 2 rounds to despatch of Shosui Kitajima (3-4, 1)
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