Unbeaten Japanese fighter Kazuto Ioka (13-0, 9) may have a record that looks like that of an emerging prospects but the 2-weight world champion is probably on the verge of some pound-for-pound lists.
The classy 24 year old showed why he is so highly rated earlier today as he defended his WBA Light Flyweight title for the second time and hardly seemed to break a sweat in a dominant and one-sided victory over experienced Thai Kwanthai Sithmorseng (43-2-1, 22).
The worst round for the champion was the opening round, a round in which he appeared to focus on establishing his jab rather than letting loose with too much in terms of power shots. Unfortunately for Kwanthai he looked to be out of his depth even with Ioka not showing too much of his arsenal.
In the second round Ioka started to show what he had and began to follow up the jab with more forceful shots. It appeared obvious that Ioka wasn't wanting this bout to go the distance and round after round he seemed to just press a bit more for the stoppage. It wasn't ruthless but it was thoroughly controlling by the youngster who never looked in any trouble at all.
Although Kwanthai saw out round 3 without many problems he did seem hurt for the first time in the fourth round as the Japanese champion turned the screw again. He moved a class again in round 5 as Kwanthai was forced to show his bravery though it was beginning to look futile with Ioka in control of the tempo, the range and pretty much everything. The bout was being fought pretty much as Ioka wished.
Ioka's controlled domination continued through round 6 before he stepped on the gas and forced Kwanthai down in the seventh. Although Kwanthai looked like he could have beaten the count even he appeared to know he was a beaten man and got up reluctantly just after the referee got to the 10 count.
With Ioka's stablemate, Ryo Miyazaki, suggesting he was moving up to Light Flyweight following for his narrow victory over Jesus Silvestre, it seems likely that Ioka may also move up and launch an assault on the Flyweight division. Speculation is rife that Ioka could return on December 31st to face either Roman Gonzalez, Akira Yaegashi, for a second bout between the two, or Juan Carlos Reveco.
Incidentally Reveco seems to have suddenly become a wanted man with both Gonzalez and Ioka now looking like they want him as a dance partner.
Japan's Ryo Miyazaki (20-0-3, 11) really doesn't seem to know how to have an easy fight. He appears to make every fight look difficult for himself and appears to look a little disappointed if he's not bleeding from multiple wounds.
Earlier today Miyazaki was again given a hard, rough bout in which he suffered several cuts, swelling around both eyes and came incredibly close to losing his unbeaten record as he defended his WBA Minimumweight title for the second, and likely final, time.
Facing off against Mexico's Jesus Silvestre (27-4, 20), it seemed obvious that Miyazaki would have a tough contest on his hands and this time around he wasn't going to have a choice as to whether the fight was going to be easy or hard.
The fight started with the naturally bigger looking Silvestre on the front foot almost forcing Miyazaki in to becoming the boxer. Although we got some trading segments as Miyazaki's natural fighting heart came out he did look like he knew he had to fight within himself in the early rounds.
Unfortunately for Miyazaki he would end up shaken up in the second round following a nasty clash of heads. It was head clashes that ultimately gave Miyazaki his sense of feeling as another clash in round 5 left both men reeling in pain.
Between the head clashes in round 2 and 5 we had a very close fight with neither man managing to get the upper hand in a bout that really was even. The work of Silvestre certainly looked to be the more numerous stuff but the shots of work of Miyazaki raised cheers from the partisan crowd time and time again.
By round 6 the blood was seeping out of Miyazaki's left eye and it seemed to almost force him to become more and more of a boxer. Unfortunately the "boxer" role isn't one that tends to suit Miyazaki and his warrior spirit though it's something he actually did well to start the second half of the fight.
Of course anyone who has seen Miyazaki fighting knows that even if he's forced to box he won't ever do it for long and in round 10 the hard fighting returned as both men seemed to realise that they might not be "winning" the bout.
If the warrior mentality of Miyazaki's returned in round 10 then it was in full flow by the end of round 11 as both men stood and traded bombs, with 2 huge shots tagging the champion in the closing seconds.
The action that had ended round 11 seemed to return in the final round, again with Silvestre getting the best of it. The Mexican, aware that he was fighting away from home may have secretly known that the fight was too close for him to get the win though unfortunately he was unable to change that in an excellent final round.
Due to the close nature of the bout no result was going to be wrong, and a majority decision in favour of Miyazaki with scores of 115-113, 115-114 and 114-114 showing a fair reflection of the fight. Of course Silvestre will feel as if he deserved the victory though fighting away from home he probably did need to do just a little bit more than he managed.
The loss for the Mexican isn't all bad, he's proven he belongs to be in the ring with any elite Minimumweight, and in fact a fight with someone like Katsunari Takayama, the IBF champion, could well be something special.
For Miyazaki the fight seems likely to have been his last at 105lbs with his post fight interview indicating that he's likely to vacate his world title and move up the Light Flyweight in his next contest. It was at 108lbs that Miyazaki did really begin his career and it would seem likely that he's genuinely struggled with those final 3lbs so the move up will seriously help his career.
It's not often that brothers hold world titles in boxing and although it does happen it's really a bit of a rarity for 2 to hold them at the same time. Earlier today however the Kameda family created history and finished what has been dubbed "The Summer of Kameda" with a trio of world title holders.
"The Summer of Kameda" kicked off a few weeks ago with Koki, the eldest of the three boxing brothers, defending his WBA Bantamweight title against John Mark Apolinario of the Philippines. Just weeks later the youngster brother, Tomoki, claimed the WBO Bantamweight title defeating Paulus Ambunda for the belt.
Earlier today middle child Daiki Kameda (29-3, 18) joined his brothers by claiming the IBF Super Flyweight title, in the process not only becoming the third brother to currently hold a title but also just the third Japanese fighter to claim an IBF world title following Satoshi Shingaki and Katsunari Takayama.
Daiki, facing off against the dangerous and talented Mexican Rodrigo Guerrero (19-5-1, 12) was seen as a small betting favourite, though with many fans he was actually seen as the under-dog.
The fight, with a lot riding on it, started poorly with the first 3 or 4 rounds really having very little clean action. Daiki used his feet and was very negative trying to force Guerrero to create the fight whilst trying to pick him off with single straight right hands. On the whole this was effective for Daiki in the early rounds though certainly not exciting.
Whilst the fight certainly lacked action in the opening stages Daiki did show off some very impressive movement, the sort of movement that would frustrate anyone and the sort of movement that prevented Guerrero from really establishing his pressure. Guerrero brought the heat, but it was often ineffective.
Although Daiki did make a good start he was under heavy fire for the first time in round 5. It was in this round that he was forced to really fight back for the first time and unfortunately for him he was deducted a point for a low in the final minute of the round. It's fair to say that the point deduction could have been the only mark against through 5 rounds on the judges scorecards due to how ineffective Guerrero's pressure had been.
It wasn't until the sixth round that Guerrero really tried to force a body attack and tried to take away the movement of Daiki. By this point it was obvious that Japanese fighter was simply a step ahead of his flatter footed opponent. The body attack of Guerrero did bring him some success though a late flurry by Daiki may have stolen him the round on at least one of the judges scorecards.
If the sixth saw Guerrero having some success in terms of connects then the seventh saw him having success in terms of his pressure forcing Daiki to work. Fortunately for Daiki his work did enough to keep Guerrero from landing much of note himself, though it was appearing that Guerrero had planned to come on strong in the second half of the fight.
After having two solid rounds Guerrero's first really strong round was the eighth, a round in which his pressure really began to pay off as he hammered Daiki upstairs and downstairs. It was beginning to look like the waiting game of the Mexican was paying off as he cut the distance and effectively took away the movement of the Japanese fighter. This success bred more success and Guerrero would further put the hurting on Daiki in the following round as the bout appeared to swing in the direction of the Mexican.
With bout slowly turning against him Daiki most have known he was in need of something special. He managed to find that something special in round 10, the fight's clear highlight. Again Guerrero brought the pressure and for a good chunk of the round seemed the boss until Daiki let loose with a long, sustained assault that had Guerrero covering up and going backwards. For the first time in the bout Kameda seemed to realise that he had the ability to hurt Guerrero when he let his hands go in a combination, and although Guerrero did come back in to the round late the attack of Daiki certainly stole the round.
The eleventh round saw Daiki deducted a second point, though even with the deduction it appeared he did more than enough to earn at least a share of the round as Guerrero started to look like a fighter who had given his all and was resigned to defeat failing to do enough in the final round to really make a clear cut case for that either.
Although the deductions in rounds 5 and 11 made the scores cards interesting, it appears they had no real bearing on the bout with scores of 114-112, 116-110 and 117-109 being registered by the judges, all in favour of Daiki.
With a WBA, a WBO and IBF champion in the family it would seem like the Kameda's are the boxing family of the moment. With their names firmly stamped in the record books we may well get the trio wanting to set more records, such as becoming the first trio to defend titles on the same show, or something similar. For now however they will celebrate a successful and memorable summer.
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Whilst boxing in Japan this year has generally been great with the likes of Takashi Miura defending his belt in a Mexican barn burner, Koki Eto defeating Kompayak Porpramook in a fight-of-the-year contender and Tomoki Kameda completing a Kameda family sweep it's also had it's down points.
Interestingly many of the Japanese low points have come in the Super Flyweight division with Yota Sato being stopped by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Kohei Kono being beaten by Liborio Solis in world title defenses at 115lbs and Hiroyuki Hisataka being stopped by Omar Andres Narvaez
Today however things looked better for the Japanese fighters at 115lbs as the tough and rugged Nobuo Nashiro (19-6-1, 13) traveled to Thailand to battle Thai veteran Denkaosan Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26). It was thought by many, at least us here at Asianboxing, that this was going to be a return to world championship status for Nashiro as he took on the 37 year old Kaovichit, a man many thought was long past his prime.
What began as a hopeful day for Japanese boxing at 115lbs, didn't really go the way many thought it would, in fact for the first few rounds it was Kaovichit who looked the younger, fresher man.
The fight began with Nashiro applying pressure but being fended off with quick combinations by the Thai fighter who was cheered to the rafters every time he threw a punch. It was clear that no matter what Kaovichit did, including landing clear flurries on gloves, he was going to get a reaction from the partisan crowd who refused to react at all to anything Nashiro did.
Nashiro's pressure, which did little in the opening couple of rounds finally seemed to begin to have an effect in round 3 as he connected with his first eye catching shots. Although it was a better round for the Japanese visitor it wasn't a round that he managed to win with Kaovichit out-working him over the 3 minutes.
Despite losing he third round Nashiro kept on with the same game plan and began to have more success in rounds 4 and 5 as he managed to get closer to Kaovichit and land his shots with more and more regularity. Kaovichit, for his part, made both rounds close and may have won them with the help of the home crowd, though it was clear that Nashiro was starting to work his way in to the bout.
Nashiro's success blossomed in the sixth round, arguably the first that you could clearly give him as Kaovichit's age and legs seemed to be starting to catch up with him.
By the end of the sixth it was starting to look likely that Nashiro would be able to break down Kaovichit, though unfortunately for him and Japanese boxing fans he was unable to repeat the success in a very quiet and uninteresting seventh round.
The fight seemed to really come alive at the end of round 8 as both men stood their ground and traded shots inside. It was here that Kaovichit first seemed to think about his age and legs as his movement stopped. On paper the inside game was expected to suit Nashiro but the ending of the eighth seemed to just go with Kaovichit who's hand speed allowed him to again land the more eye catching shots.
From the success at the end of the eighth it appeared that Kaovichit was going to continue an inside battle with the men going straight back to action to begin round 9. It didn't take long this time around for Nashiro to take the initiative and eventually Kaovichit seemed to realise that trading on the inside with Nashiro wasn't the smartest idea. By the time he had realised that however he had lost the round, arguably just the second that he had lost.
With Kaovichit knowing he had won a majority of the early rounds and also knowing he was at home it seemed likely that Nashiro, at the very least, was going to require a knock down going in to the final 3 rounds.
In the tenth round Nashiro began to turn up the pressure and forced Kaovichit into fighting back. The round wasn't a clear one to Nashiro, especially due to the late work of Kaovichit who landed some eye catching combinations late to arguably steal the round, but it was evidence of the Japanese fighter's intent to try and force the stoppage.
If the tenth had been close then the eleventh was genuinely one sided with Nashiro force feeding Kaovichit right hand leads. The Japanese fighter, who was looking a little predictable, seemed intent to load up every right hand he threw in an attempt to take out the Thai and many of them connected cleanly with the head of a tiring Kaovichit who by now was holding on at every opportunity.
With time running out on the Japanese fighter he knew that he would have to have a big round 12. Unfortunately for Nashiro, Kaovichit's survival instincts kicked in and he was again able to hold and smother Nashiro's work in a round he lost but didn't lose it big enough to hand over the victory.
Although Nashiro lost he may well be able to take heart from the fact the fight was incredibly close with the final result being a split decision in favour of Kaovichit. Anyone who has seen a fight in Thailand will know that a split decision in favour of the Thai represents a fight that could very easily have gone to either man. Although retirement is a real possibility for Nashiro we really do hope he gives it another go, he's still got too much left to just walk away from the sport, despite another set back at the world level.
For Kaovichit the end is nigh. He may have won the battle here but the way he faded down the stretch doesn't bode well for him. He certainly wouldn't be favoured over Liborio Solis, the WBA "regular" champion or compatriots Suriyan and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai or Tepparith Kokietgym. Although admittedly a fight with Srisaket would be unlikely, a fight with either Surriyan or Tepparith would see Koavichit really struggling to retain his belt against a younger fresher fighter.
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Unfortunately some world title fights look like mismatches on paper as an established and highly regarded champion takes on an unworthy voluntary defense against a limited and less skilled opponent.
Of course not all matches go the way we would expect looking at paper and we almost had a major shock late last night as Mexican Adrian "El Confessor" Hernandez (28-2-1, 17), the defending WBC Light Flyweight champion was unexpectedly sent to the canvas.
Hernandez, defending his belt for the 3rd time since reclaiming it from Thailand's Kompayak Porpramook last year, was facing little known Japanese challenger Atsushi Kakutani (13-4-1, 6). We'd expected Hernandez to start cautiously and slowly break down Kakutani, who had been stopped inside a round by Warlito Parrenas just over 2 years ago.
Instead of the cautious start from the champion we got action from the off and this resulted in Hernandez being dropped in round 1.
Unfortunately for Kakutani, Hernandez managed to recover to his feet and although a war continued through rounds 2 and 3 the fight was turning away from Kakutani who failed to repeat the success off the knockdown as Hernandez started to grind him down with heavier punches in the exchanges.
The grinding effect of Hernandez shots appeared to have taken their effect at the start of round 4 and in the first notable assault of the round Kakutani was sent down for the first time. The Japanese challenger showed the fighters heart by recovering to his feet but his legs lacked the co-ordination that he needed to really recover his senses. With Hernandez smelling blood he jumped on the challenger sending him down again.
Once more Kakutani found his feet though unfortunately after being sent down for the third time in the round the referee was forced to wave it off, probably a good thing considering how little punch resistance Kakutani appeared to have left.
Although this was loss by a Japanese fighter the result may actually "be a good one" for Japanese boxing fans. Kakutani's success against Hernandez, especially in the opening round showed how limited he was. With Kakutani, WBC's #14 ranked fighter, losing here and Naoya Inoue scoring his big win last weekend over Ryoichi Taguchi there may be a case for Inoue climbing into the top 15 and getting a voluntary shot next time out. If this occurs, and we want to make it clear that this is just us talking about it rather than any rumour we've heard, then there is every chance Inoue could claim a world title in fight #5.
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