Uchiyama burst on to the international scene back in 2010 when he stopped the previously unbeaten Mexican, Juan Carlos Salgado with 12 seconds left to claim the WBA Super Featherweight title. Salgado at that time was riding a crest of a wave which had seen him shocking the boxing world by stopping Jorge Linares inside a round so Uchiyama's victory opened the eyes of many.
Since claiming the title Uchiyama has been a destructive force stopping 5 of his 6 opponents (and suffering a 3 round technical draw with the other). This has seen him stopping not just weak opponents like Angel Granados and Roy Mukhlis but also current WBC champion Takashi Miura, former WBA "interim" champion Jorge Solis and more recently the then unbeaten Bryan Vasquez.
Aged 33 Uchiyama is perhaps coming to the end of his prime though with just 126 professional rounds under his belt there may well be plenty of miles left on the man now known as "KO Dynamite". His power is certainly going no where and whilst he's not a lazy fighter he's also not a fighter who depends on speed (though he's certainly not slow when he unloads) or work rate to win bouts instead relying on his thunderous power and under-rated toughness to win bouts. He's often a slow starter but when he lets his hands go every shot seems to have an effect on his opponents and this power seems to stay with him from round 1 to round 12. Thinking about it, it may not be Uchiyama's power that is most devastating but the fact that he's able to carry it through a fight.
In Jaider Parra, the younger brother of former WBA Flyweight champion Lorenzo Parra we have a real unknown quantity on our hands. At his best Lorenzo Parra was a highly skilled fighter who traveled on the road on won repeatedly, in fact Lorenzo Parra actually won 3 bouts in Japan (and 1 in South Korea) as he became a road warrior.
With Jaider Parra much less is known about him than his brother. What is known is that at 30 years old Parra is taking a massive step up. So far the best victories on his record are against C if not D level fighters such as Joel Cerrud and whilst he has been scoring victories on the road they have all been in Latin America, a far cry from Japan.
From what little footage of Parra seems to exist he's actually not a bad fighter. He looks relaxed in the ring and has a very nice jab with solid upper body movement and a good understanding of distance as well as a cracking short left hook. Although Parra's record suggests he's not much of a puncher his victory over Johnny Antequera in 2011 seemed to suggest that Parra has got power (although Antequera got to his feet after a knockdown he genuinely had no idea where he was).
Parra, at least from looking at him, has the ability to genuine frustrate Uchiyama. He'll not give the Japanese fighter that many openings, at least not early on and he'll use his feet well to stay away from the dangerous Uchiyama, though he does seem to have a habit of dropping his hands something that could see him punished by Uchiyama.
Not many people will have seen Parra though it wouldn't be a surprise for a few people to see a few people shocked by him giving Uchiyama a tough time early on. If he drops his hands and gets caught early then it could be game over though he certainly has the skills and ability to give Uchiyama a tough 6 or 7 rounds before Uchiyama decides to go through the gears. Parra, despite the eye catching knockdown of Antequera doesn't appear have the power needed to hurt Uchiyama (who seems to have only been dropped by Miura) and it's that that will eventually be his downfall. Parra could possible win a few early rounds but Uchiyama needs only half a chance to end the fight and it's inevitable that he'll get it sooner or later.
To whet the appetite of Uchiyama v Parra it seemed only fitting to include a highlights video of the Japanese fighter so, courtesy of bazooka9303, here we go!