Earlier today Japanese fans got a genuine thriller was world ranked Filipino Dexter Alimento (11-1, 7) took on fast rising Japanese hopeful Masataka Taniguchi (5-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] in a really anticipated contest between two really exciting youngsters.
The bout, one of the supporting bouts at the Korakuen Hall, had been ear marked as a potential "under-the-radar" classic and it lived up to the expectations of being a hotly contested bout.
From the off both youngsters were looking to establish themselves as the boss Alimento looked the sharper fighter but it was the power of Taniguchi that made the bigger impact with the Filipino being dropped in round 2, from a brilliant straight left hand.
The Filipino got up from the knockdown and looked to try and turn the fight around but lacked the power needed to hurt Taniguchi with the Japanese fighter just have that extra bit of physicality. That physicality seemed to help Taniguchi impose himself against the technically more well schooled Alimento.
In the end the knockdown proved pretty decisive with Taniguchi claiming the split decision with scores of 77-75 and 77-74 against a 75-76 card for Alimento.
With the win Taniguchi claims a victory over a world ranked opponent, and likely moves into the IBF rankings when they are next released. His team have also gone on to suggest he will return on New Year's Eve, potentially in a title bout. For Alimento the loss is a set back, but one that won't really harm his reputation, in fact if anything it solidifies both men are really promising youngsters, and the Pinoy will certainly bounce back an improved fighter going forward.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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