The first result of the day that we received was from Thailand as veteran Terdsak Kokietgym (50-4-1, 32) successfully defended his PABA Super Featherweight Interim Title. Terdsak, facing Filipino Rodynie Rafol (10-5-2, 4) was pushed all the way by a tricky and awkward opponent and had the bout not been in Thailand we may well have seen a different winner.
Aged 32 Terdsak is likely looking for one more world title bout. So far all 4 of his losses have come against world level opponents, however he is on the slide andhis long career does seem to be starting to take it's toll on him now. Rafol on the other hand looks like one of the more dangerous Filipino journeyman and isn't a fighter than many will enjoy facing.
In Japan we had two cards.
The first of those cards that we'll mention was held at the Central Gym, Kobe where Japanese Bantamweight champion Kohei Oba (34-2-1, 13) retained his belt.
Oba stopped the #1 ranked Japanese challenger Satoshi Niwa (15-16-3, 2) who had taken a 5 fight unbeaten run in to the ring with him. Unfortunately for Niwa he lacked the skill needed to cope with the very talented Oba.
The card in Kobe had 6 other bouts on it though the most notable was a minor upset as Filipino Marjohn Yap (19-9, 10) defeated Japan's very own Ryotaro Kawabata (8-2, 3) via a majority decision. This was Yap's first bout since losing a hard fought decision to Ryosuke Iwasa os Japanese promoters perhaps need to be aware that Yap is much better than his record indicates.
The Yap/Kawabata decision was one of 2 majority decisions over the 8 round distance on the card, with Tokiya Nishioka (6-3-2, 2) also claiming the same result in his bout. Nishioka defeated Yuta Matsuda (9-8-2, 4) via a razor thin margin to record his second victory of the year.
The remaining 8 round contest saw Yuma Iwahashi (10-5-1, 1) scoring a clear decision over Atsushi Aburada (7-5, 4). This was one of 2 unanimous decision's on the show with Shun Kosaka (3-0) shutting out Daisuke Uchiyama (2-3-1) in the other.
In both of the other bouts the contests were ended early with Ryuya Yamanaka (5-1, 2) stopping Masaki Hirai (3-10-3, 2) in the 4th of a scheduled 6 and Takanari Hamamura (2-1, 2) stopping the debuting Daisuke Takeichi (0-1)
Japan's other show took place at the home of Tokyo boxing, the Korakuen Hall.
Promoted by Noguchi Promotions this 8 bout show saw Naoko Shibata (10-3, 3) retain her OPBF Female Light Flyweight title by scoring a second career victory over Mika Oda (5-7-1, 1). The bout was moderately competitive though there was only ever one winner on the scorecards.
The female title fight was one of 6 unanimous deicisons on the show though it was only Kazutaka Takakuwa (9-6, 2) who really left no questions in his clear victory over Osamu Hashimoto (8-5, 1).
In the victories for Hikaru Nishida (8-6-1, 2), Ryuji Yokoyama (9-1, 3), Ryu Kenshiro (5-5-1, 2) and Keisuke Kanazawa (2-2, 1) there was only a single point or two between them.
Nishida's victory, which came against the experienced Kazuhiko Hidaka (31-7, 22) was perhaps the most surprising due to the massive experience edge of Hidaka. Despite the unanimous decision in this bout all 3 judges were close in their scores with 76-75 twice and 77-76 on the other card.
Yokoyama's victory over Takushige Sato (4-4-1, 1) also saw the winner claiming the narrowest of narrow margins with cards of 58-56 and 58-57 (twice). Those scores were indentical to the scores that saw Kenshiro claim a victory over Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi (6-5-1, 3).
For novice Kanazawa the judging was all over the place in his bout with Masahiro Fuse (0-1). The cards ranged from 40-35 to 39-38 so we've got to admit that it's a bit of a mystery and probably not as close as the other decisions on the card.
The show also saw 2 stoppages. The quickest of those saw Jun Ishimoto (3-2, 2) stopping Tsuyoshi Nishimura (3-5-1, 1) in 112 seconds, the other stoppage saw Ryo Nakamura (7-2, 3) stopping Taro Mochizuki (4-6, 4) early in the 4th round.
The following two contests were both aired on ESPN Friday Night Fights in the USA.
The gutsy American-Korean Abraham Han (19-1, 12) unfortunately suffered the first defeat of his career. Han, facing the unbeaten Glen Tapia (19-0, 11) was stopped by the doctor between rounds 8 and 9. Prior to the stoppage, the bout had been thrilling and will go down as one of the most fan friendly contests of the year.
Although Han spent much of the bout covered in his own blood he showed the sort of heart that Korean fighters are known for and he'll have made more than a few fans on the back of this performance.
Filipino power puncher Drian Francisco (24-2, 19) was unfortunately also beaten on the same card as Chris Avalos (22-2, 16) managed to take his out work him in another highly entertaining contest. Francisco, a former WBA "interim" Super Flyweight champion seemed to be out muscled by Avalos, a natural Bantamweight, though was competitive due to his continual awkwardness.