Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans had the chance to see former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (21-2-1, 11) in action as he took on Filipino visitor Renerio Arizala (12-2-1, 5) in what looked like an interesting match up on paper.
From the weigh in yesterday it looked like Igarashi was set to make a size advantage count, and likewise Arizala only got this bout on 3 weeks notice, after his countryman Lionel Mark Duran pulled out. Despite that Arizala had a good start and managed to cut his more recognisable opponent in the early stage.
Sadly for Arizala the cut wasn't something he really managed to build on and instead Igarashi began to up the pace, using his experience to gradually take control of his gutsy foe. Arizala managed to show his grit in round 6 as he turned things around, momentarily, though Igarashi took control back in round 7 and managed to do enough to claim a clear, but well fought, win.
The bout was a great test over-all for Igarashi though the performance again suggested that he isn't close to being a top class Super Flyweight. His better next move would be chasing down a national title fight as he continues to rebuild.
As for Arizala he performed well enough to take a lot of positives from the bout. He came up short, though not by the 99-92 margin one judge had it, but he'll have learned a lot and his confidence deserves to take a huge boost, especially given the way he took this fight on short notice and went up a weight for it. Whilst IGarashi claimed the win Arizala claimed the plaudits.
(Image courtesy of of boxingnews.jp)
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