On Sunday we saw Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] become the WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion, as he took a 12 round decision win over Thailand's Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท].
Late on New Year's eve Takuma held his first press conference as a champion, and revealed that he was wanting to become the regular champion as soon as possible, making it clear he wanted to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Rau'shee Warren (16-2-0-1, 4) and Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11), who fight on January 19th.
Inoue, who sported a bandage around his right hand at the press conference, stated he had not broken any bones in his hand, but it was clearly not 100% fine. However promoter Hideuyuki Ohashi stated that the unification of interim and "regular" champions could take place as early as April or May, suggesting the hand damage wasn't significant.
Inoue's trainer, and father, Shingo Inoue stated that whilst the result was good there was improvements to be made, and it seems likely that fighter and father will be working on lkittle things to hekp against either Warren or Oubaali latter in the year.
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The action in Macau kicked off earlier today, well before the world title triple header, and featured two regional hopefuls who are creating a little bit of buzz and starting to collect titles.
The first of those in action was Macau's very own Lap Cheong Cheong (5-0, 4), who became the OPBF Youth Super Flyweight champion with an opening round win over Indian foe Hans Raj Thakur (3-1, 1). Sadly details of this bout are hard to find, though Lap is a local hopeful and we're really excited to see where he can go in the future.
The second of those bouts saw Raymond Poon KaiChing (7-1, 4) score a 3rd round win over 18 year old Thai fighter Awirut Chaladloes (5-2-1, 4) to add the WBC Youth Intercontinental Light Flyweight title to his growing collection of belts, which also includes the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title which he defended. The bout saw Poon drop his foe twice in round 3, with the Thai being stopped following the second knockdown.
Although there was no doubting the winner, the end was a bit weird with the Thai making no effort to beat the count, and looking like he was wanting to quit until the count of 7, when the referee said the bout was over. He then instantly jumped to his feet in something that would have made a professional event look silly.
In a few hours time IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24) will take on Japanese challenger Masahiro Sakamoto (13-1, 9) [坂本真宏] in Macau. Due to it being an IBF title bout the two men underwent a same day weigh in earlier today, as well as yesterday's day before weigh in.
Today's weigh in saw both men coming in under the allowed 122lbs.
On the scales this morning Sakamoto was 121.5lbs whilst Mthalane was 122lbs, dead on the limit.
Sakamoto explained that he'd eaten well and slept well, though he did look tired at this morning weigh in, and was better than usual. It was also mentioned that Sakamoto shares a birthday with WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪], who successfully defended his title yesterday.
Mthalane stated he was in a good mood and will remain champion when the bout ends. He seemed calm, relaxed and happy, like a man who had seen this level of fight more than once and didn't show any worry at all.
Related - Sakamoto looks to shock the Flyweight division, faces Mthalane!
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Yesterday Japan went 3-0 in world title fights, with WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] scoring a TKO win over mandatory challenger Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10) and WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] over-coming Saul Juarez (24-9-2, 13) in 2 of those 3 bouts.
Today Ito and Kenshiro attended a press conference to talk about their future plans.
Ito stated that he had a sense of security having now defended the title, and explained that the early stages were tricky due to Chuprakov leading with his head, but upon listening to his team those problems were solved. He seemed unhappy that he was cut by headclashes, but in fairness it was something he learned to deal with and that experience is invaluable. When talking about the future he again mentioned the name of WBC champion Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31), who he had mentioned before the Chuprakov fight, and and that he wants to fight in big bouts, be it in Japan or overseas
Kenshiro admitted that he wanted to beatdown his man too much, and that he wasn't pleased with the result, despite scoring a near shut out win over the fairly decent Saul Juarez. He was seeing positives from it and clearly the experience of the fight wasn't a bad thing, especially given that he managed to get 12 rounds and do so without taking too much punishment. He went on to stated that he future is focused on running up a huge number of defenses, and unifying. Once again he mentioned Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人] as someone he would like to unify against, if Kyoguchi can claim the WBA Light Flyweight "Super" title from Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10) later today.
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Earlier this week British bookies began taking bets on the upcoming WBO Super Flyweight world title bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23). When the market opened Nietes was the slight betting favourite, though money quickly on Ioka to take him to the slight favourite, in what was viewed as a 50-50 bout.
Now we've seen even more money put on to the Japanese fighter who has become the very clear favourite with the bookies.
Ioka opened at Evens and within about 24 hours he was bet down to 4/5. As we write this now British bookies have got him at best priced at 8/13, with one book maker actually pricing him at 4/9 due to the volume of money that has been placed on him. That is a remarkable shortening of his price in just a couple of days and we're expecting to see it move even shorter by fight time as money continues to go on the Japanese fighter.
Nietes, who opened at 8/11, had gone out to 6/5 yesterday and is now available at 24/13, a huge difference as gamblers have avoided going with the Filipino veteran.
Interestingly a similar thing, although less drastic, has been seen in the WBA Light Flyweight "Super" title bout between Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10) and Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人].
Kyoguchi was the slight betting favourite when the market was opened, at 4/6, with Budler priced at 6/5. As we write this Kyoguchi is still best priced at 4/6, but some have him at 3/8, whilst Budler is available as high as 19/10, significantly better value than he opened at.
With these fights set to take place in about 12 hours it's going to be interesting to see if the change in odds, were a change in the correct direction.
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