Earlier today fans in Japan saw Venezuelan born fighter Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-1, 21) finally score his first win in Japan, following 4 previous losses in the country. Not only did he pick up a win but he managed to score a stoppage of a world ranked fighter.
Landaeta, who is best known in Japan for losing a controversial bout in 2006 to Koki Kameda, is now based in Toyama and it was in Toyama that he starred today in the main event.
The 35 year old, former WBA "interim" Minimumweight champion, was in the ring with WBC #14 ranked Light Flyweight contender Walter Tello (21-9, 8). On paper it looked like a competitive bout though the huge gulf in class told as Landaeta out boxed him with relative ease before forcing a 9th round TKO of the limited Panamanian.
Although it's hard to know where Landaeta goes next it does seem that he has his eyes on another world title bout. Whilst it's hard to tell how much he has left based on a win over the very over-rated Tello he does look in great shape for a 35 year old and we'd not put it beyond him to get another shot at a belt before his career is over.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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