Former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (20-20-1, 11) had promised a knockout earlier this week as he finished preparing for his fight with Mexican tough guy Efrain Perez (17-6, 12). Sadly for the Japanese fighter he was unable to fulfill that promise earlier today as he was instead reduced to just winning a very competitive technical decision over the Mexican visitor.
Perez, who caught our eye last year when he gave Mark Anthony Geraldo a tough bout in Macau, refused to be a push over though early on Igarashi was easily out boxing the short, slower Perez. As the bout went on however Perez managed to find ways to make the bout difficult for the Japanese fighter and began to cut the distance. As soon as that happened Igarashi was forced to work much harder to win rounds.
Sadly the bout failed to come to a natural conclusion after a worsening cut, caused by an accidental headclash, forced the bout to be halted at 20 seconds into round 10. The forced us to the cards where Igarashi was announced the winner with scores of 98-94, twice, and 96-95.
Whilst Igarashi did claim his second win since returning from major surgery it still appears he is a long way from his best and will likely need at least another couple of fights before approaching a world title bout.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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