In Taiwan today we had an interesting, though small, card that featured a couple of title bouts, a few novices and some pretty interesting low key action.
In the opening bout of the card we saw Hiroto Watabe (2-1-1, 2) [渡部浩人] bounce back from his loss in May to Dominique Kenshin by stopping Thai teen Nanthipat Kesa (2-5, 1) in the second round. This was Watabe, who press from the opening bell and left the referee with little option than to stop the bout. Kesa was out of his depth throughout and could have been stopped earlier.
The second bout was again between novices, as ChianHuei Chin (0-1-1) faced the debuting Kai Ting Chuang (1-0) in a 4 round female bout. It seemed clear from early on that Chuang was the more well schooled fighter and she scored a knockdown in round 2 and mostly controlled the action. After 4 rounds all 3 judges agreed that Chuang was the winner, as she took a clear unanimous decision.
The third bout on the card saw young hopeful Yi Hung Chiang (4-0, 3) take on 37 year old Indonesian journeyman Said Fahdafi (3-8, 2) and score a very easy win. The Indonesian was dropped part way through round 2 and Chaing smelled blood. He would follow up by dropping Fahdafi twice more and taking a win that was very popular with the local fans.
Another Japanese fighter picking up a win on the under-card here was Seigo Hanamori (6-3, 4) [花森成吾], who was far too good for Thai foe Kittipong Jareonroy (3-5, 1). The Thai had come to fight but was out skilled, out boxed and outsped through out. The punch picking and accuracy of Hanamori saw Jareonroy being dropped from a body show mid way through round 2. Although the Thai got up from the knockdown he was dropped again soon afterwards and the referee waved the action off almost immediately. This was a third straight stoppage win for Hanamori who is never going to reach the top of the sport, but is going to be a fun man to follow.
The first of two title bouts saw WBA Asia Super Bantamweight champion Daisuke Sugita (6-1, 3) [杉田大祐] went up against tough Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-43-8, 6).
On paper this looked like a mismatch, but those who had followed Berwela's career over the year's knew he could be a banana skin for Sugita and the Japanese "Police Boxer". Sugita seemed aware of Berwela's reputation as tough guy and showed respect early on, despite being aggressive. As the fight went on we saw more ambition from Berwela who landed a number of solid left hands in round 3 and by the end of round 4 Sugita seemed to have a graze around his left eye, and a cut did open up around his right eye later in the bout.
Despite the ambition of Berwela was saw Sugita continue to get the best of it and Berwela only managed success in spurts, with counters. Sugita on the other hand controlled the tempo, but had to remain cautious and on point throughout, knowing that Berwela was a danger. In the final round Berwela, who knew he was a long way behind, went all out for the KO, throwing hayemakers, but was unable to catch Sugita clean with them, as the champion saw out the storm before firing back in a very fun final minute.
The second title bout saw the always fun to watch Ryoichi Tamura (13-5-1, 7) [田村亮一] take on Indonesian foe Moensaku Yor (6-6-1, 4) for the OPBF "silver" Super Bantamweight title. This turned out to be every bit the mismatch we'd have expected.
Tamura dominated the opening round but couldn't hate Yor in the first 3 minutes. In the second round however he scored a knockdown early in the round, and then dropped Yor three more before the round was over. After getting up from the knockdown the crowd applauded Yor, and his bravery. Thankfully the referee finally stepped in when it Yor was going to be dropped the 5th time in the round.
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