Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, as well as those tuning in to G+, saw former world champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-3 12) [五十嵐 俊幸] battle against world ranked Miguel Cartagena (15-3-1, 6). Sadly the bout, like many of Igarashi's recent contests, ended up in bitter dissapointment for fans.
The bout started surprisingly well with a really enjoyable opening ground. Both fighters landed some great shots,and both looked like they were in there to win, and take a huge step towards a world title fight.
Sadly the bout started to go down hill in round 2 as the two men began to clash heads, a result of one fighter being a rangy southpaw and the other being an inside fighter from the the orthodox stance. The head clashes got progressively worse and in round 3 they were clearly bothering Igarashi who looked to be wanting a way out.
Eventually the headclashes causes a nasty cut over on Igarashi's left eye and this time the doctor had seen enough, ending the bout as a technical draw.
Sadly for Igarashi this was a 4th technical drecision, the second to end in a draw, in his last 7 fights. Although in line for a world title fight it's hard to see any world champion losing to him. For Cartagena the draw was his first, and keeps him in the mix for a world title fight, but but certainly didn't see him build on his recent win over Joebert Alvarez.
For fans who missed the bout we have included the video below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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