Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw history being made as Akihiro Kondo (27-6-1, 12) [近藤 明広] won the first WBO Asia Pacific title fight on Japanese soil. The veteran managed to score an 11th round win over Filipino fighter Jeffrey Arienza (15-5-1, 9) to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight crown.
The fight started fast with the visitor finding a home for his southpaw left and his right uppercut. Kondo replied in kind, attacking the body of the Filipino, trying to slow the early attack of Arienza. The aggressive work of both men gave the fans some real excitement and the bout was thrilling.
In the middle rounds Kondo upped the pace and had notable success in round 8 though Arienza continued to fight back and refused to back off from a fight, but was beginning to be worn down.
Unfortunately for Arienza he began to show the scars of war and be broken down, with a cut, and nasty swelling, around his left eye causing a stoppage as the referee felt the injuries were too severe to allow the action to continue.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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