Earlier today fight fans in the Philippines saw a trio of new champions being crowned on a show held at in Cagayan de Oro City.
One of those was Japanese visitor Shota Kawaguchi (20-7-1, 8) [川口 勝太] who scored a technical decision win over Thailand's world ranked Rakniran Muadransarakam (12-1, 8) [รักนิรันดร์ หมวดรันสารคาม] to claim the "interim" Asia Pacific WBO Super Flyweight title, a title that Rakniran was lookign to make the first defense of. The bout ended when Kawaguchi was left with a fight ending cut from a nasty headclash that left referee Danrex Rapdasan with little option other than to stop the bout. The bout was scored 87-84 by all 3 judges giving the Japanese fighter a 9th round technical decision win.
Another bout saw former world title challenger Vic Saludar (13-2, 9) claim the WBO Oriental Minimumweight title as he over-came Jimboy Haya (9-3-2, 6) with a wide decision. win. Haya was dropped early in the bout and was deducted a point later in the bout for taking Saludar down in an American Football style move. Saludar, who lost to Kosei Tanaka in a world title fight at the end of 2015, was the clear winner with scores cards of 119-107, twice, and 118-108 giving him a wide and clear win. This was Saludar's second win since the loss to Tanaka and it seems like he will be moving towards a second world title fight in the near future.
The other new champion being crowned was unbeaten youngster Robert Paradero (13-0, 8) who over-came Ronie Tanallon (9-3-1, 2) to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Minimumweight title. Paradero was given a really good test here and won a narrow decision with scores of 96-94, twice, and 97-93.
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