Whilst many fans may have been waiting for the world title fights from Tokyo to be televised fans in attendance at the Ota-City Gymnasium got a whose who on the undercard.
The most notable undercard fighter was Kohei Kono (29-8, 12), the former WBA Super Flyweight champion. Kono, pictured, took care of business by stopping Thai debutant Daut Manopkanchang (0-1) in the 3rd round, and assured himself of a world title fight in March against Denkaosan Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26) in what should be a thrilling encounter.
Whilst Kono has got himself a world title fight for sure one man hoping to get one was Mexican visitor Carlos Cuadras (29-0, 14) who defeated Songseanglek Phosuwangym (1-10) in 2 rounds. This result is expected by some to act as a precursor to a possible encounter between Cuadras and WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (23-3-1, 21).
Another man hoping, one day, to get a world title fight was Japan's very own Ryoichi Taguchi (19-2-1, 8) who struggled over the line against Filipino veteran Ryan Bito (22-13-3, 8). Whilst this wasn't the sharpest performance from Taguchi it was his first bout since losing to Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) back in August.
Lower down, in the grand scope of things, there was also a notable victory for Tomomi Takano (4-0, 3) the former model-turn-boxer. Takano managed to secure a second round stoppage against the much shorter Kumi Oishi (1-3, 1).
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