Making the first defense of his WBA Minimumweight title Miyazaki took on Mexican challenger Carlos Velarde (23-3-1, 13) and the two men put on quite a show.
The bout started in fantastic fashion with neither man feeling the need for a typical "feeling out" round. The way both men went at it from the off made it clear that we were unlikely to see a distance bout though we were almost certain to have a cracker on our hands.
If the first round was good the second was better as Velarde ramped up the pressure and forced Miyazaki to fight back hard. Although Miyazaki looked to be the better boxer he was seemingly getting dragged in to a war with the challenger.
With the first 2 rounds being genuinely enjoyable it was little wonder that round 3 was also a fantastic round, arguable one of the best of the year as the men stood in front of each other an traded shots to both the head and body. The round seemed to see both men hurt at one point and neither got the upper hand in a round that seemed very even.
At the start of round 4 the champion seemed to have a change in tactics and rather than fighting the challengers fight he started to try and fight his own fight. With Miyazaki now on the move Velarde was forced to amp up the pressure and really put the champion on the back fought in a round that perhaps suggest Miyazaki was having a tough time with his determined challenger.
After the fantastic start it was obvious the pace had to slow down at some point and that's what it did in round 5 as Miyazaki continued to box and used his feet arguably more than his hands. This forced Velarde to chase him and with that the challenger started to become a bit predictable and easier to pick off. It was whilst Velarde was stalking Miyazaki he landed a lovely 2 punch combination and out of nowhere Velarde was lying on his back and taking the full count. The KO, from a straight right hand-left hook combination was stunning to say the least and genuinely was a highlight reel KO that will be repeated numerous times in the future.