Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall, as well as those tuned into G+, saw world ranked Light Welterweight Hiroki Okada (15-0, 11) [岡田 博喜] take part in a real battle with Filipino visitor Rodel Wenceslao (11-14-1, 4).
Okada, a former Japanese national champion, came in to the bout with his eye on getting an OPBF or WBO Asia Pacific title bout and it seemed liked that was a real issue at times as he looked like he was over-looking Wenceslao. The Filipino however wasn't in the ring to be over-looked and although he lacked the skills of Okada he was in there with serious hunger.
From the opening round it was clear that Wenceslao was lookign for the upset and he managed to tag Okada with numerous big shots, notably his right hand up top. Okada appeared to do enough to take the opneing round but the Filipino amped up the aggression and seemed to deserve rounds 2 and 3, and possibly even sneaked the very competitive round 4.
Knowing he was in a fight Okada began to target the body and had a lot of success in round 5, as he got under the high guard of the Filipino and punished him to the mid-section. The following round Wenceslao had the big round, despite some success from Okada.
With Wenceslao have had a good round 6 it looked like Okada was going to be in for a long night but in round 7 he had a much needed break through, cracking the mid-section of the Filipino and dropping him. Wenceslao showed courage to regain his feet but was down again soon afterwards with Okada again tagging the mid section of the visitor. The second knockdown saw the referee immediately wave off the bout.
Whilst Okada kept his unbeaten record here he's lucky he wasn't up against a puncher as Wenceslao tagged him clean repeatedly through the bout and a fighter like Al Rivera, the OPBF champion, would likely have stopped him with similar blows. It's easy to say that Okada "knew" he could beat Wenceslao but the performance was another less than great one by the Kadoebi man who is starting to show more and more cracks. For Wenceslao this was a solid performance and we'd not be shocked to see rising Japanese domestic contenders now look at him as measuring stick going forward.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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