Yamanaka retains in one of several blasts outs, Kosei Tanaka wins on debut and Ali Raymi sets new world record
In much of the Western world the big fights are on Saturday nights, in Asia however things are a bit different and this weekend the big day was certainly Sunday thanks to several major cards.
The most notable of the cards was the Teiken Deluxe show which was shown on WOWOW and held at the massive Kokugikan. The main fight here saw WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15) successfully retaining his world crown courtesy of a 9th round KO over tough Mexican Alberto Guevara (18-2, 6).
Things started well for Guevara who used his footwork brilliantly to remain elusive from the hard hitting Yamanaka. Unfortunately for the challenger his work wasn't really recognised by the judges who had him behind after 4 rounds. It was after the fourth however that the class of the two men was shown to be totally different with Yamanaka beginning to really find his range. When Yamanaka starts to connect on a fighter it's fair to say that anyone would be in trouble and this was the for Guevara who was dropped twice in round 8 before being stopped in round 9.
The disappointment of seeing a Lightweight world title fight fall by the way-side for Jorge Linares (35-3, 23) appeared to be little more than motivation for the Venezuelan who took his frustration out on the over matched Francisco Contreras (21-6, 16). Contreras, who had almost seen out the first round, was caught by a lights out shot as Linares made very light work of his opponent at the end of round 1.
Linares wasn't the only former world champion scoring an opening round victory as Japan's very own Takahiro Ao (25-3-1, 12) also stopped his opponent at the end of the opening round. Ao, facing Edgar Alejandro Lomeli (14-4-2, 8), had almost heard the bell for the end of the round when he stopped Lomeli.
We very nearly had a trio of opening round stoppages as Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez (37-0, 31) dropped Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-7-1, 23) in the opening round. Although Blanquet finished off the round he was soon finished himself suffering a 2nd round defeat at the hands of "Chocolatito". Whilst Gonzalez was expected to win few would have expected him to take out Blanquet so early considering the fact he went 12 with Akira Yaegashi earlier this year.
The rest of this card featured 4 much smaller bouts. These saw Daisuke Sudo (1-1) defeating Takashi Shinmyozu (0-3) via unanimous deicison, Yamato Sasaki (1-0) out pointing fellow debutant Hiroki Imamura (0-1), Hisashi Owada (4-8) narrowly over-coming Yutaka Motoyoshi (3-7, 3) and Masaki Mori (1-1-1) stopping Kazuhiro Baba (0-1-1).
Of course it wasn't just in Tokyo that we had action with the Teiken card but we also had action in Aichi thanks to Hatanaka.
The Hatanaka card was headlined by Yushi Tanaka (11-0-3, 7) defending his WBC Youth World Bantamweight title with an opening round victory over Thailand's Norasing Patanakan Gym (1-2, 1).
Although the WBC Youth Bantamweight title was the only title fight on the show it's fair to say that it actually took a back seat to the debut of Kosei Tanaka (1-0) the former amateur stand out. Kosei made his debut again Indonesian Oscar Raknafa (12-4, 5), who entered the bout as the WBO #6 ranked challenger.
In the third most important contest on this show Shota Hayashi (21-5-1, 13) stopped Ryosei Arai (12-4-1, 3) in the fifth of a scheduled 8 rounder.
As with the Korakuen Hall show there was a number of undercard bouts all of which went to decision. The closest of the decision contests saw a split decision as Yusuke Nakagawa (5-3-1, 3) narrowly over-came Hajime Kawase (4-7-2) over 6 rounds.
The ret of the show, fought over 4 rounds, saw Kazuyuki Tomita (2-0) defeat Shintaro Tsutsumi (1-2, 1), Hideaki Kamiyasu (1-0) overcome fellow debutant Yosuke Kato (0-1), Abeno Seimei (1-0) take a debut victory over Naoki Masukawa (1-1) and Taichi Sugimori (2-1) score an upset victory over Tomoya Yamaguchi (4-2, 1).
In the east notable Japanese card of the day Fujita Promotions put on a six fight show. This was headlined by Accel Sumiyoshi (4-2, 1) taking a very narrow and highly debated split decision over Filipino visitor Nelson Gulpe (8-1, 3). Thankfully despite the controversy in the main event there was much less controversy in the chief support bout as Koichi Ito (8-1-2, 8) stopped Katsuhiko Kanno (8-7-7, 3).
This show's sole 6 round bout saw Burning Ishii (4-1-1, 1) scoring a draw with Genki Horiuchi (5-0-2, 3).
In a trio of 4 round bouts Fine Arai (1-0) scored a debut victory over Det Sithsaithong (0-1), Fever Maki (3-1, 2) took his first decision over-coming Ryo Hirai (1-2-1) and Jump Ikeo (1-1-1) took his first victory with a decision over Hiromichi Kurokawa 2-2-1).
Outside of Japan we also had action as Yemeni's world record holding Ali Raymi (20-0, 20), took the record for most "opening round knockouts to start a career" outright as he took out Akram Jafwi (5-1, 1) in 87 seconds. Raymi had previously tied the record of 19 straight opening round KO's with Tyrone Brunson.
On the same show we saw the KO run of Cruiserweight Faisal Fittini (5-0, 4) come to run due to a majority decision over the previously unbeaten Abdu Achille (2-0, 1). There was was also a stoppage victory for Prince Maz (5-0, 4) who defeated Moxamad Abdu (4-5, 2) and a decision for Othman Qasim (6-1, 2) who overcame Alwan Hawshabi (3-7, 1).
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.