Every so often boxing gives us a major upset, a shock, a earth shattering shock. That happened today when long reigning WBA Super Featherweight “super” champion Takashi Uchiyama's (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] was stopped, inside 2 rounds, by Panama's Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8), who dethroned Uchiyama after 11 successful defenses.
The fight with Uchiyama looking to use his 1-2 to ease way into the bout and get a read of the tricky Panamanian. Corrales however seemed to have the edge in speed and ended looked aggressive towards the end of the round with his speed clearly bothering Uchiyama.
In the second round Uchiyama decided to change tact and brought pressure early on. That however played into the hands of Corrales who found a home for his straight left hand which dropped Uchiyama. After recovering to his feet the champion was quickly sent down for a second time and Corrales smelled blood rushing in for the finish. A finish that came moment later when Uchiyama was put down for a third time, following an assault with Uchiyama on the ropes.
The official time was 2:59 of round 2
The shock of the result, which had hit twitter before the bout was aired, sent shock waves through Japanese boxing with a number of fans suggesting that those in the venue had lied about the result though quickly it emerged that those fans at the venue weren't on the wind up and that the long reigning champion had indeed been beaten.
Given the manner of the result Corrales has sent a statement though the boxing world and potentially set himself up for a very long reign in the 130lb division as well as potentially securing the 2016 Upset of the Year. His confidence, speed and skill will make him a handful for almost anyone. For Uchiyama however this bout could well be the end. It's been a frustrating career at times, with injuries and problems securing big name opponents but this isn't the way he'd have wanted to end things.
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Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo saw WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] retain his title with a relatively straight forward win against limited Thai Inthanon Sithchamuang (28-8-1, 15) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง].
The fight saw the two men gradually ease their way in to the bout with the opening round being a relatively quiet one before the pace picked up in round 2. Unfortunately for the challenger the quicker the pace became the worse it became for him and in round 3 it seemed like Kono was beginning to out work and break down the challenger.
The aggression from Kono continued in round 4 with Inthanon being beaten through the round before finally going down, just seconds before the bell. The bell had saved the challenger but it was clear that Inthanon was being beaten up and broken down with little coming back from him.
The following round saw Inthanon being dropped again, this time their was more time in the round but Kono couldn't quite for the stoppage. Despite seeing out the 5th round Inthanon seemed to be on to a hiding to nothing and bravely came out for round 6.
Surprisingly, given he had been dropped in the previous two rounds, Inthanon had a decent 6th and managed to stay up right for the full 3 minutes. That was however just a momentary bit of success for the challenger who tasted the canvas again in round 7, with Kono coming close to scoring a stoppage with a follow up attack before the bell prolonged the contest.
The Thai looked like he had no hope at the end of round 7 though showed his heart in round 8 to fight back bravely. It was a better round from the Thai and it seemed like he grew in bravery coming out and giving Kono a bit of a battle in round 9, though it looked like Inthanon was a man fighting out of desperation whilst Kono, who was a mile ahead on the cards,
Although Inthanon had had success, from rounds 8 through to 10, it seemed as if Kono had snapped back in to searching for a KO in 11 as dominated Inthanon, though was unable to find a decisive blow that would have finished off the game, but out matched Thai challenger.
Having really gone for it in round 11 it seemed that Kono would again go for a stoppage in round 12. Amazingly however Inthanon refused to buckle and when he needed to he fought back, defying the odds to survive to the final bell and hear the decision, something that seemed remarkable given the beating he had received in the earlier rounds, as well as the championship rounds.
Given the knockdowns and one-sided nature of the bout there was no doubting the scorecards, which had given Inthanon some credit for his bravery in the later rounds, with all 3 reading 119-106 to the Japanese fighter.
Whilst Kono failed to secure a stoppage he was never at risk of losing this one and hopefully a bigger bout will be just around the corner for the popular “Tough Boy”. As for Inthanon he defied the general belief that he would be stopped, though never really seemed competitive here.
*Note- TV Tokyo listed Inthanon as being 43-11-1 (22) entering the bout.
In the first of 3 world title bouts today Japanese fans at the Ota City Gymnasium saw WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一] retain his title, and record his third defense, with an 11th round win against Venezuelan veteran Juan Jose Landaeta (27-9-1, 21), who was stopped for the first time in his career.
Early in the bout things seemed relatively competitive, with Taguchi's speed giving him the edge, but Landaeta was certainly not being dominated during the early exchanges, in fact he was often holding his own occasionally getting the better off the action.
As the bout progressed however Landaeta began to show his age, and those 37 years seemed to have aged more than he had expected. In fact as early as round 5 he was beginning to slow down notably and leave more openings for Taguchi, who started to turn up the heat.
In round 8 it seemed Landaeta was beginning to break down with the body shots from Taguchi taking a real effect on the challenger, who was dropped the following round from a right hand to the body. Follow up body shots almost finished off Landaeta who was beginning to look very much like a spent fighter.
Knowing that Landaeta was fading Taguchi set off for round 10 with the intention of stopping the Venezuelan, who was dropped again, though the bell came to his saviour here. Had the round been just 30 seconds longer the odds are the that Landaeta wouldn't have seen out the round, following a third knockdown of the fight.
With Landaeta just surviving round 10 it seemed to a big question of whether Landaeta still had 6 minutes left in his body. Taguchi again set off seeking a stoppage and dropped Landaeta early in the round, before scoring another knockdown later in round 11 to really put the bout to bed in terms of the scorecards. Amazingly however Landaeta managed to see out the 10-7 round.
Despite having seen out round 11 Landaeta wasn't fit to come out for round 12 and his team pulled him from the contest, giving him his first stoppage defeat in a career that goes back to 1999. We're now expecting to see him retire from the sport.
As for Taguchi the world is his oyster and there are a lot of very interesting match up that could be made later this year, including a potential show down with fast rising youngster Ken Shiro or a bout with current IBF champion Akira Yaegashi, both of which would be very good fights.
For the second time in the space of 24 hours fight fans saw a farcical world title fight as Kazakh destroyer Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32) scarcely broke a sweat defending his WBA “super”, IBF, and WBC “interim” Middleweight titles against the previously unbeaten unbeaten IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-1, 12).
The fight, which saw odds of 1/100 on Golovkin was a clear mismatch before it was made, though Wade had spoken the big talk, claiming that he would “break” Golvokin's face and that he was a “thug”. Sadly for Wade that big talk did nothing for him and by the end of the opening round Wade had been dropped, looked like a fish out of water and had scarcely landed a blow of his own. Golovkin hadn't gone hell for leather, in fact Golovkin hadn't even got out of first gear, but was in complete control.
Wade was saved by the bell at the end of the opening round, but that scarcely helped with Golovkin licking his lips for round 2.
In the second round Golovkin took a few shots, almost by choice, before heavily dropping Wade for a second time. This time it looked like the end but Wade, to his credit got to his feet, then got given a significant amount of extra time as the referee repeatedly asked him to verbally confirm that he wanted to continue. That however was a mistake and only seconds later Golovkin dropped him for a third time, and final, time.
Having been stopped Wade became the latest in a growing line of "good boys" that Golovkin has been slicing through in the division's B-tier, it's a shame however that he can't get a prime top contender in the ring.
Last night Filipino fighter Richie Mepranum (31-5-1, 8) suffered his third defeat in a world title bout, retiring at the end of the 8th round against Mexican fighter Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27), the current WBC Super Flyweight champion. The loss for Mepranum follows previous world title defeats to Julio Cesar Miranda, back in 2010, and Juan Francisco Estrada, in 2014.
The Filipino looked out of his depth from the opening stages with the unbeaten champion landing his shots early on and establishing control of the match up. Although in control it wasn't until round 6 that Cuadras really began to up the ante and it seemed that from then on Mepranum was in survivors mode with Cuadras becoming more and more confident.
By the end of round 7 Mepranum looked like a beaten fighter but came out for round 8, that however would be his final round with the Filipino staying in his corner at the end of round 8.
With the loss that's probably going to be the end of Mepranum's world title dreams. As for Cuadras we're now expecting to see him in a mandatory defense in summer against former champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น].
Every so often we get world title challengers who really don't deserve to be ranked, with little qualifications for a world title bout and really no chance against any world class fighters. That was seen today when WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24) gave a harsh reality lesson to the woefully inadequate Hungarian challenger Zsolt Bedak (25-2, 8).
The opening round was relatively competitive with Donaire spending much of the round easing himself into the contest whilst a tense Bedak looked like a fighter who was stepping up and trying to make sure that he wasn't over-awed too soon. Sadly for the challenger the round was the only one where he looked even close to being competitive.
In round 2 Donaire moved through the gears with a left hook shaking up the Hungarian who was dropped in a follow up attack from the Filipino. Bedak got to his feet, and was somewhat lucky that Donaire was looking for a 1-punch KO as it gave him time to recover some senses, though the Hungarian was tagged several times before being dropped again from a counter shot at the end of the round. That secured Donaire a 10-7 record but seemed to show that the bout really was a massive mismatch of ability, speed and power, with Bedak too slow, too limited and too feather fisted to have any kind of a chance.
With Bedak already in a hole, and having been dropped twice, it seemed like the bout was a case of "when" not "if" the challenger world get stopped. That ending was in round 3 when Donaires speed and power again took it's toll on Bedak with a series of shots that resulted in Bedak going down for the third time in the bout. The Hungarian did his best to get to his feet, but the bloodied fighter couldn't convince the referee that he was fit to continue.
With the win Donaire records the first defense of his current as a world champion, sadly the bout was a huge mismatch but it was a home coming for the exciting Filipino who hasn't fought in a world title bout in the Philippines in 7 years, with his last world title bout their being a 4th round TKO win over Raul Martinez. Hopefully his next bout will be a more notable one.
When it comes to Bedak, the WBO have to explain what they thought qualified him for a world title fight, especially against a genuinely top fighter like Donaire.
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