Boxing fans really do have their share of treats, and this past Saturday night we certainly had a treat as Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24) [三浦 隆司] and Miguel Roman (56-12, 43) gave us a FOTY contender in a WBC Super Featherweight world title eliminator.
The bout started relatively slowly, as both men showed real respect to each other and neither took too many risks. It did however build round after round and the slow start was becoming a lost memory by round 4 and 5 as both men began to let their shots fly with alarming regularity whilst fighting up close.
Miura looked to be the bigger puncher and looked happy at bringing the fight but his rather agricultural style allowed Roman to regularly slip the dangerous left hand and unload a higher volume of shots as the two men found their groove. Unfortunately whilst Roman was landing more consistently he did look the smaller, weaker man and his shots didn't have a huge effect on Miura, who walked through all the fire Roman could muster.
In the later part of the middle rounds Miura began to slow, a problem when he was putting everything into every left hand he threw. That often saw Miura's left hands missing wildly, as he looked for a home run shot up top. As Miura slowed Roman began to have some notable success and it seemed like the Japanese warrior might be forced to rely on his heart in the later stages. Just as that began to seem likely he changed his game plan, really hammering the body of Roman.
The body work of Miura took it's toll on Roman and in round 10 a huge body shut, at the very end of the round, dropped Roman. It seemed like a fight ending shot and the type of body shot that leaves fighters in total agony. Amazingly Roman got up before the 10 count, and had the fortune of a minutes rest. Although he recovered to his feet from the body shot he was looking a weary fighter and was dropped again in round 11, with Miura dropping the Mexican with a flurry of shots.
No one would have complained had Roman said he had had enough but the Mexican got up again and looked to survive the rampaging Miura. The survival instincts saw Roman see out the round, but it did seem like he was too brave for his own good. That proved to be true, and in round 12 Miura hunted the stoppage from the off, dropping Roman for a third time. That time Roman stayed down, accepting the defeat with his will finally being broken.
With the win Miura becomes the mandatory challenger for the WBC Super Featherweight title, and will be hoping to get that shot later this year as he looks to become a 2-time world champion
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