For us, and for most of world boxing, the key fight of the day was in Thailand as Koki Eto (14-3-1, 10) attempted to defend his WBA interim Flyweight title. Unfortunately for Eto he ran into a determined and highly under-rated Yodomgkol CP Freshmart (33-2, 20) who scored the most notable victory of his career by stopping Eto in the 12th round. Unfortunately for Eto, who did go out swinging, he'll be unlikely to ever be the same fighter following the final two rounds of this contest.
Over in Japan we had two national title fights. These fights, which headlined “Dangan 89” and “Real Spirits Vol 33”, were very different in nature but both saw their champions retaining.
For Japanese Light Middleweight champion Tadashi Yuba (45-8-2, 32) things were a real struggle as he defended his title for the first time and over-came determined rival Yoshihisa Tonimura (16-9-4, 4). This was the second meeting between the two and although Yuba has won both fights he's failed to really impress with both finishing in split decisions.
In a Japanese Bantamweight title fight Kohei Oba (35-2-1, 14) made very light work of Yuji Hasegawa (8-3, 2) stopping the challenger in the 4th round. This was Oba's second defense of the title though was unfortunately a damning statement on the state of the Japanese Bantamweight division domestically which is full of world level fighters though thin on Japanese level fighters.
The Yuba/Tonimura fight was the head-liner on “Dangan 89” a show that in total had eight fights. Those eight fights kicked off with a trio of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These saw Shuta Igarashi (0-0-1) fighting to a debut draw with the win-less Kenji Suzuki (0-4-1), Makoto Takahashi (1-6-1, 1) scoring a career first victory by stopping Shogo Endo (0-2) and a debut blast out by Akinori Kubota (1-0, 1) who defeated singer-come-boxer Yuki Kurei (0-1) of Kimaguren fame. Kurei lasted just 77 seconds in a very disappointing debut.
As well as the 4 rounders and the title fight we also had four bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. Interestingly all these went the distance with two of them being incredibly close. The closest contest saw Dai Iwai (13-3-1, 5) taking a very narrow majority decision over Michiya Sato (10-5-4, 6). The scorecards for this bout read 76-75 twice with the other card reading 76-76 showing just how little their was to split the men. The other incredibly close contest saw Hiroya Yamamoto (8-1, 3) taking a split decision over Kazuhiro Nakamura (8-5, 3).
Thankfully not all the bouts were difficult for the judges and Koji Aoki (15-7-2, 5) made life easy for the judges by taking a clear decision over Yuki Ozawa (10-3, 2). Unfortunately for the judges however that was their only “easy” fight on the show as Noriyuki Ueno (16-11-5, 5) struggled to a unanimous decision over Yosuke Kawano (7-3-1, 3).
On the Oba/Hasegawa show, put on by Shinsei Promotions, we had a further five contests. These began with single 4 round contest that say Daisuke Takeichi (1-1, 1) scoring his first win by stopping the still win-less Daiki Haraguchi (0-6) in the 4th round.
In the 8 round contests there was wins for two very promising prospects. These saw the unbeaten Shun Kubo (3-0, 2), out pointing Monico Laurente (23-10, 5) in a solid but some what competitive contest, and Shohei Omori (10-0, 6) blasting out Filipino visitor Albert Alcoy (14-17-7, 4) in just 131 seconds.
The remaining contests on the card saw Kota Fukuoka (15-3-2, 12) making light work of Thai visitor Mongkoldam Sithwarunee (1-3, 1) and Ryotaro Kawabata (9-2, 3) defeating Korea's Bum-Young Lee (8-7-2, 3) via a clear decision.
Outside of Asia we also had interest in another bout, fought all the way over in Ecuador, as Kanat Islam (15-0, 13), a Chinese born Kazakh, successfully claimed the WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title with a stoppage over Emilio Julio Julio (28-12-2, 20). This was Islam's 7th victory of the year and he is scheduled to return to action once more before christmas.
There was, unfortunately, a loss in Australia as Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-12-3, 22) dropped a decision to Josh King (16-3, 8) in a fight for the WBO Oriental Lightweight title. The Thai was dropped in the sixth round though made a good effort and saw out the distance.