At Korakuen Hall earlier today fight fans got the latest in the Dynamic Glove series of shows, shown on G+. The card was billed as a double header, with two title bouts at the top of the card. Despite the title bouts the contest that really ended up delivering the action was actually a supporting bout, which ended up being a chaotic 3 round shoot out.
The bout in question saw the unbeaten Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) [高橋拓磨] being given a very, very real scare by Filipino journeyman Leonardo Doronio (17-18-3, 11).
On paper this looked like an easy win for the hard hitting Takahashi. He was a rookie professional, but with over 100 amateurs bouts and wins over fighters like Jonel Dapidran and Sitthidet Banti this wasn't seen as a step up. In many ways it was seen as a bit of a lateral step for Takahashi, who is tipped for big things.
Takahashi came out like a man who expected an easy win but Doronio showed his experience, before landing a warning shot, a clean over hand right about 90 seconds into the contest. Only moments later a left hook from Doronio landed clean and sent the unbeaten prospect down.
Doronio sensed his chance and went all out looking for the finish before Takahashi could recover. Before the round was over Takahashi was dropped for the second time, from a right-left that secured Doronio a 10-7 round. Had those knockdowns been scored by Takahashi there's a chance the bout would have been stopped there and then.
Takahashi did well to rebuild in round 2 getting behind his jab and moving well, using his skills to attack, and trying up before Doronio had a chance to fire back. It was the perfect bounce back round for Takahashi, but it was clear that Doronio was still there, and still very much looking to take out the unbeaten prospect.
Just seconds into round 3 Takahashi began to turn things around, dropping Doronio. Sadly for Takahashi followed it up with several shots onto the downed Filipino, and completely got away with it. This should have been a point deduction at the very least, and it did seem like the referee was considering taking a point. This wasn't a single shot on Doronio when he was down, but a full on combination. After the bout resumed both men came out swinging and Takahashi was shaken to his core. This saw Doronio again going for the kill in some wild back and forth, leaving Takahashi cut over the left eye. The all exchanges were thrilling, though it wasn't long until Doronio was down again. And again took one from Takahashi whilst down.
This time the referee waved the bout off, when he could genuinely have given Doronio 5 minutes to recover, giving Takahashi the 3rd round TKO.
After the bout the cut on Takahashi's eye was tidied up and it looked a legitimate mess. Given this was meant to be an easy win this was a nightmare for the Japanese hopeful, who was dropped twice, badly cut and showed a real dirty side. This is a worrying performance for Takahashi, and despite the win there are a lot of question marks now hanging over him.
As for Doronio he has proven himself as a good, solid test and he against proved he is better than his record suggests. This was a 4th loss in 5 bouts, but he is a danger man, and we suspect we'll see him back in Japan sooner rather than later after this performance.
(Image courtesy of A. McGovern)
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