Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we saw the latest show from Hideyuki Ohashi.
The early part of the card was really interesting, with 3 successive draws on the card, from the first 4 bouts. The first of those saw Keigo Nakayama (4-2-1, 3) [中山 慶伍] fight to a majority draw with Hisaya Kishibe (5-3-2, 3) [岸部 久也], over 6 rounds. The second saw Tairan Yokote (7-4-1, 3) [横手 太嵐] fight to a draw with Kei Fujita (6-2-1, 4) [藤田 圭], also over 6 rounds. The third draw, this time over 8 rounds, saw Kantaro Juri (4-0-1, 2) [重里 侃太朗] being held by Filipino visitor Danrick Sumabong (12-2-1, 9), in what was a split decision.
We almost for a 4th straight draw but Ryutaro Nakagaki (3-0-2, 2) [中垣龍汰朗] managed to do just enough to edge past Kyotaro Yoshida (2-1) [吉田京太郎], with Nakagaki taking a majority decision win here. This was high level stuff from both early on, with both showing off some excellent boxing as their amateur backgrounds shined through. In the later stages however Nakagaki began to find his range and his tempo and came on strong as Yoshida began to tire. It was the strong finish from Nakagaki that proved to be the difference maker, but this was razor close with scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76 coming in from the judge.
The chief support bout saw the highly touted Keisuke Matsumoto (6-0, 6) [松本圭佑] continue his destructive run as he stopped Ryota Ishida (11-4, 6) [石田凌太] in the second round of their bout. The first round saw Matsumoto land a few solid shots, but he bided his time before landing a brutal counter left hook in round 2. The shot seemed to turn Ishida's lights off and Matsumoto followed up, sending Ishida to the canvas, with the referee waving the bout off swiftly.
In the main event we saw WBO Asian Pacific Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (21-0, 16) [平岡アンディ] easily retain his title, as he stopped Filipino puncher Alvin Lagumbay (13-6-1, 11), to score his third defense of the title. In the opening round Hiraoka looked to fight safely, using his jab to control the distance, and also managed to land a solid right hook. In the second round Lagumbay got tagged by a hard straight left hand, and a follow up attack forced Lagumbay to stagger into the ropes, leaving the referee with no option other than to stop the bout aft 2 minutes 27 seconds of the round.
After the win it was revealed that promoter Hideyuki Ohashi has plans to have Hiroka out once more this year, with Hiraoka pencilled into defend his WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese titles. Although there was no details when that defense will come, it does seem likely that the bout will take place on the under-card of the planned Bantamweight unification bout between Naoya Inoue (23-0, 20) [井上 尚弥] and Paul Butler (34-2, 15), which is rumoured for December 13th,
Earlier today Filipino fight fans at the Strike Gym in Bacoor had an excellent main event bout between the in form Alphoe Dagayloan (12-2-5-1, 5) and the heavy handed Danrick Sumabong (7-2, 6), with the two men battling for the WBA Asia Flyweight title.
On paper this looked like the sleeper bout of the weekend. Were hungry, talented fighters, with different styles but styles that were expect to gel well, and make for compelling action. And that's exactly what we got.
Coming in to the bout Dagayloan, who had started his career 1-1-2, was riding a 5 fight winning run including notable wins over Madiyar Zhanuzak and Mateo Handig. The 20 year old Sumabong on the other hand was was riding back to back wins following a close loss last April to Jade Bornea.
Dagayloan was often the one bringing the pressure, using his southpaw stance to get close, but Sumabong was countering well, fighting in nice bursts and looking to make his edge in power count. Given the contrasting styles, and gameplans it was always hard to split the two men, who fought a very evenly contested back and forth bout. Neither man really ever looking in charge. It was clear the WBA Asia title was something both men was actively wanting.
Having reached the final bell it was anyone's bout and the judges genuinely struggled to split the two men, scoring it 116-112 Dagayloan, 116-112 Sumabong and, 115-113 Dagayloan to give Dagayloan the split decision win.
For Dagayloan this is a big win, and continues his great form, however Sumabong impressed in defeat and we'd seriously suggest keeping an eye on the youngster who looks like a really good prospect, even with 2 losses on his record.
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