This past Wednesday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see the all-action Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] score a very competitive victory over Filipino warrior Michael Escobia (11-12-1, 3).
The bout was Eto's first since his failed world title tilt against Carlos Cuadras towards the end of 2015 and he showed some ring rust at times.
At the weigh in Escobia was over the 116lb limit and it seemed like his weight helped him as he took the fight to Eto who, being Eto, tried to fight fire with fire. For 4 rounds it was sloppy war with both men trying to give fans a show. It wasn't until round 5 that Eto seemed to click and begin boxing, as he did that it seemed that Escobia tired and Eto just seemed to do enough to take the win.
The official cards for the bout read out 77-75, twice, and 78-74 to Eto, who seemed to suggest that his intention now was to become a world champion. On this performance he was a very long way reaching that goal.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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