The boxing world focused on Australia on Sunday as Manny Pacquiao battled Jeff Horn in what was widely derided as a horrible mismatch. Whilst that wasn't a great main event the show it's self served as a vehicle to showcase IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1, 18). The talented Filipino, who is promoted by Pacquiao, took on Japanese challenger Teiru Kinoshita (25-2-1, 8) [位帝里 木下] and took his opportunity to shine, stopping Kinoshita in a 1-sided contest.
The bout started slowly, with neither man really taking any risks. Although it was quiet it was clear that Ancajas was doing more than the challenger.
Having felt his way into the bout Ancajas started to move through the gears, and hammered some sharp left hands into the right side of Kinoshita's face, causing clear visible damage to Kinoshita's right eye in round 2. The damage looked serious, with nasty cuts, but to his credit Kinoshita refused to let it bother him, despite two inspections by the doctors.
Knowing he was behind Kinoshita tried to step up his output in round 3, but was too slow and too clumsy for Ancajas who landed some really sharp shots, continuing to pick away at Kinoshita to both head and body. Having looked sharp as a tack in rounds 2 and 3 Ancajas started to slow down in round 4, giving Kinoshita some opportunities, but it was still the Filipino landing the better blows.
Ancajas showed that he wasn't flagging in round 5, as he landed some of his best stuff, including some hard left hands early on and a beautiful eye catching combination on the bell to seal the round. Those shows were taking their toll on Kinoshita, who was trying and was game, but was totally out classed and had no answer for the champion, even when Ancajas slowed down as he did again at times in round 6, a closer but clear round for the champion.
By the end of round 6 Kinoshita's right eye looked completely shut, and it was clear he was going to have to go all out sooner rather than later. That saw him come out for round 7 with aggressive intent, and he landed a nice flurry, but only moments later a combination from Ancajas, punctuated by a sickening body shot, dropped the Japanese fighter. Kinoshita showed his warrior mentality to regain his feet, but the referee had seen enough and stopped the swollen and beaten challenger.
For most fans in the West this was their first chance to see either man and whilst Kinoshita certainly didn't leave much of an impression it's fair to say that Ancajas will have gotten a lot of new fans from this performance and it's clear that the bout really was a show case for the talented Pinoy puncher.
Earlier today fans in Japan got the chance to see the wonderful Portopia Hotel make it's debut as a boxing venue. Unfortunately however the venue didn't manage to inspire Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1, 3) to a career defining victory, instead it hosted Kinoshita's first professional loss as he was dominated by South Africa's talented and heavy handed Zolani Tete (19-3, 16).
The bout, which was aired on Sky A Sports in Japan was one we've not been able to see though all the reports we've read basically say the same thing. Kinoshita was bad beaten and suffered from a number of issues, not least his lack of power, lack of a game plan and an inability to get beyond the significant size differential.
The problems were apparently evident from the off when Tete landed a lang rangy jab from the southpaw stance and showed that he had the skill, size and speed to pick off Kinoshita from distance. Kinoshita tried to fight back but we've been informed that it was clear at that point that he had no answer to Tete who continued to fight at a distance doing as he wished.
Although Tete, knowing he was fighting in the same place that Kinoshita works a day job, knew he could have been on the rough end of the judges if it was close he really never had that issue arise in a bout that was simply too one sided to even think about giving to the home fighter.
For the vast part of the bout Kinoshita was more pre-occupied in trying to avoid the dangerous left hand of Tete than actually attacking and when he did attack his punches fell short far too often, leaving himself open to counters which came regularly from both the straight lefts and jabs of the South African.
Sadly for Kinoshita, a former Japanese national champion, this was a step too far though it was an opportunity that he'd have been not to take.
For those wondering the views of the Japanese press, we dare say that Boxingnews.jp summed it up with the phrase "Tei sato ga kanpai", effectively Kinoshita "was hammered". To his credit though not many people last the schedule with Tete and hat's what Kinoshita did, despite losing a lop sided decision with scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.
This was the first IBF Super Flyweight title bout since Daiki Kameda's controversial bout with Liborio Solis late last year. That bout caused the Kameda gym to be stripped of their license and later forced Daiki to vacate the belt.
(Image courtesy of Senrima Kobe)
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