Nakatani and Cuerdo make weight
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will see Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] battle against Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-6-1, 4), who is a late replacement for the injured Wolf Nakano who was supposed to battle for Nakatani's title in what would have been Nakatani's first defense.
Due to Nakano's injury what was originally planned as a Japanese Flyweight title defense became a non-title fight at Super Flyweight, and today both Nakatani an Cuerdo took part in their weigh in for the bout.
On the scales Nakatani was 114.4lbs for the bout, and he looked in good shape. He looked comfortable, though was clearly not boiling down as much as usual for the bout, weighing in almost 2.5lbs heavier than usual. Cuerdo, the much shorter man, came in at the same weight as Nakatani, but looked much, much smaller than the Japanese fighter.
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Today we learned that for the second straight month the Dynamic Glove card on G+ will be aired on Tape Delay, being shown on the first Wednesday after the show.
The series, which is often aired live, is one of the staples of the Japanese scene and is a monthly broadcast that typically takes place on the first Saturday of a month. It's often been regarded as the gate way for champions, with fighters like Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介], Takashi Miura and Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] getting some of their biggest breaks on the show.
Whilst the June broadcast being given the tape delay treatment isn't a surprise, given the main event between Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人] and Wolf Nakano (6-7-4, 2) [中野玄悠] was scrapped due to Nakano suffering an injury, it is a worry that back to back shows have been given a delay broadcast.
It's an even bigger worry when you consider G+ seem to have really cut down on their archive shows, something that have been a constant in recent years.
We're hoping this is just a blip in their schedule, which was once a hot bed of boxing, but it is a worry at the moment.
For those wanting to watch the first airing of the upcoming Dynamic Glove it will be aired from 22:30 on June 5th. Nakatani will still feature in the main event, though will not be defending the Japanese Flyweight title as originally planned. Instead of facing Nakano he will be up against a Filipino, who we believe will be Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-6-1, 4).
In the last few months we've been disappointed by all-Filipino world title bouts, however on the domestic scene all-Filipino bouts can be a real treat. We had a great example earlier today when Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-5-1, 4) and Benezer Alolod (18-11-5, 6) battled in an enthralling all-southpaw contest on ESPN5.
On paper neither man looked incredible, and neither are likely to ever win world titles, but together they made for an action packed fight that saw both men really unload heavy artillery.
In the opening round both men gave a great account of their-selves, and between the first two rounds it was very hard to split the two men, with one fighter always returning fire after being tagged. They weren't an amazing couple of rounds but they were compelling and competitive. In round 3 however someone lit the touch paper and the two fighters picked up the pace to give us an enthralling round of action, that lead to another action packed round in the 4th.
Sadly those two rounds came at a price and both men clearly took a lot out of each other, and themselves, as the pace slowed. Not only did the action slow down, though was still very exciting, but blows started to slip south of the border, particularly from Alolod, who was given a clear warning for low blows in round 4 but continued to land them through the next few rounds, with Cuerdo getting revenge not long afterwards, which left both men on icy ground.
Alolod would begin to fade the quicker of the two and in round 6 he was dropped, towards the end of the round, securing Cuerdo an important 10-8 round. Things got even worse for Alolod as he was deducted a point for going south again in round 7, and went on to lose the round, suffering a second 10-8 round against him.
Assuming he had to be down Alolod look to turn the bout around in round 8 but was unable to as Cuerdo boxed well, landed the better shots an just stamped his name on the bout, taking the clear decision in a genuinely fun bout.
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