Later today WBO Light Flyweight champion Elwin Soto (15-1, 11) will make his first defense, as he takes on unbeaten Filipino challenger Edward Heno (14-0-5, 5) in California.
Yesterday the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men made the 108lbs limit.
On the scales Soto was a little under the limit, at around 107.8lbs whilst Heno was bang in the 108lbs divisional limit.
As mentioned this will be Soto's first defense, since he stopped Angel Acosta in controversial fashion, whilst Heno will be getting his first world title bout after having a reign as the OPBF champion prior to this fight.
Having mentioned just mentioned the former WBO Light Flyweight champion Angel Acosta (20-2, 20) it's worth noting he will be on the same card in a Flyweight bout against Raymond Tabugon (20-10-1, 11). On the scales Tabugon was 111.4lbs whilst Acosta was 1112lbs.
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In a bout that appears to have been confirmed on short notice we'll see Filipino fighter Raymond Tabugon (20-10-1, 11) take on former WBO Light Flyweight champion Angel Acosta (20-2, 20) this coming Thursday.
The 28 year old Filipino doesn't have the greatest of records but has typically been fighting at Super Flyweight and Bantamweight, often at a high level. Just in the last few years he has faced the likes of Andrew Moloney, Luis Nery, Juan Francisco Estrada and Juan Hernandez Navarrete. Although not the most talented of fighters he's much better than his record suggests, and and is an upset mined fighter, as we've seen in wins against the likes of Jake Bornea and Luzuko Siyo.
Acosta, of course, is a former world champion at 108lbs, who only lost the belt earlier this year, in a thriller with Elwin Soto. He's a massive boxer, who applies his heavy hands behind good technical boxing skills and a smart boxing brain. He was unlucky in the loss to Soto and will certainly be pursuing a rematch with the heavy handed Mexican youngster.
Notably this bout is part of a card which will see Filipino Edward Heno (14-0-5, 5) challenge Elwin Soto (15-1, 11), in what will be Soto's first defense since his controversial win over Acosta.
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Earlier today fight fans from around the world got the chance to see the latest card under the Desafio banner of shows, Desafio 8 thanks to a legal live stream on the excellent Boxing Raise service. The card, held at the FujisanMesse at the foot of Mount Fuji, wasn't the strongest card but did feature several bouts of note, with a top prospect and two former title challenged involved.
The first of the 3 bouts of note saw unbeaten prospect Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] take his first decision win, as he secured a wide 8 round victory over Filipino Raymond Tabugon (21-10-1, 11). The talented Murachi, who had fought a combined 7 rounds prior to today, looked sharp, composed and confident as he out boxed Tabugon, using his speed and combinations brilliantly to rack up the rounds. The most impressive thing from the Japanese youngster was his body though, and they really slowed Tabugon down in the later stages.
Although Murachi was unable to stop Tabugon this was a huge step up in class, and a very, very impressive performance for Murachi, who will find himself in the WBO Asia Pacific rankings when they are next up dated. It's worth noting that Murachi adds his name to 9 others that have beaten Tabugon, including Juan Hernandez Navarrete, Juan Francisco Estrada, Luis Nery and Andrew Moloney, not bad company at all for a man who only debuted a year ago! The scores for this were 80-72, twice, and 79-74 all in favour of the Japanese 22 year old.
A second bout of note on this show saw former Japanese Super Bantamweight Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔] score an 8th round TKO win over Yuta Horiike (15-7-3, 3) [堀池雄大]. This was a pretty fun fight, as most Furuhashi bouts are, but in the end the power and strength of Furuhashi proved to be too much, and he dropped Horiike in the final round. Although Horiike got to his feet a follow up attack forced the referee to to stop the contest, with just over half of the final round left.
The third and final bout of note saw former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Satoru Sugita (15-6-1, 10) [杉田聖] take a dominant victory over Daiki Ichikawa (11-6, 9) [市川大樹]. On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, but Sugita was too good, too sharp and too intelligent for Ichikawa. Sugita would bust Ichikawa's face up with clean shots, leaving him bloodies and swollen. It wasn't the facial damage that would cause the end but instead the bout was stopped following a knockdown down. Sugita dropped Ichikawa hard in round 5, and the referee quickly waved the bout off, giving Sugita the stoppage win, and earning him the the KO prize for the show.
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