Earlier today Kazakh news sources reported a massive upset had taken place in Mexico City.
The bout saw the previously unbeaten Dauren Yeleussinov (8-1-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] suffer a surprise decision loss to Juan Carlos Raygosa (17-15-3, 6) in a battle for the WBC International Middleweight title.
On paper the contest was a total mismatch in favour of the Kazakh, the older brother of Olympic champion Daniya Yeleussinov, but instead of taking the victory the Kazakh was beaten on the score-cards.
Full details of what went down aren't available but both Inform.kz and Vesti report the loss, which almost certainly end any dreams Yeleussinov has of fighting for a world title in the years to come.
Coming in to the contest Yeleussinov had stopped his last 3 and had been unbeaten since his 2014 debut, winning his previous bout in Mexico around 18 months ago. Despite that break he was still expected to beat Raygosa, who had gone 4-5-1 in his last 10 bouts with 3 of those 4 wins coming against fighters with losing records.
Sadly we couldn't find odds for the bout, but given the records of the two men this will go down as one of the most notable surprises since boxing returned following the start of the current ongoing situation.
Earlier today boxing resumed in Tokyo with the first card in the Japanese capital. The show was fought behind closed doors and will have it's two bouts shown on Fuji TV this coming Sunday. For fans wanting to watch them spoiler free this is our spoiler free introduction. We will let you know there was two bouts, one went the way that was expected, the other did not. If you do not wish to have the outcomes spoiled please stop reading here, and just know that on Sunday night you will get at least 1 surprise.
One of the two bouts was an OPBF Featherweight title bout and the other was a Champion Carnival bout for the Japanese Light Welterweight title. They were the only two bouts on the show, promoted by the Ohashi gym.
This same introduction will be used for both this bout, and the one that went the way fans expected to offer some protection for those who have clicked the link and still want to watch the fights as live.
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In a massive upset we saw Misako gym get another reason to celebrate as the much unfancied Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6) [永田大士] scored a massive upset win against the previously unbeaten Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue (15-1, 12) [浩樹井上].
Nagata was aggressive from the off, trying to crap Inoue with pressure and offensive work. The aggression of Nagata saw him having a lead after 5 rounds, when the scores were announced. At that point the challenger was leading 48-47, twice, and 49-46 on the third card. Not only was Inoue down and being out worked but he was also fight with a cut, which was caused by a head clash in round 3.
Inoue fought back in round 6, but in the 7th round the bout was stopped due to significant swelling around his right eye, resulting in a TKO win for Nagata.
With the win the Misako Gym, which Nagata is part of, has picked up it's a 6th Japanese title, a record for a gym holding the most Japanese titles at once, and keeps it's momentum going.
As for Inoue this is his first loss, and it's back to the drawing board for him. Notable he is still the WBO Asia Pacific champion, at least at the time of writing, though it's unclear if he will be stripped of that title or not following this loss. If not the two men could potentially rematch later in the year, to re-unify those titles.
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