Life has been difficult for former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (21-2-2, 11) in recent years. Since losing to Akira Yaegashi back in April 2013 we've seen Igarashi struggle with a combination of poor performances and injuries, with one of those injuries actually keeping him out of the ring for almost a year.
The difficult run for Igarashi continued today as he fought to a disappointing, and bloody, technical draw with Filipino opponent Jonathan Francisco (8-4-1, 2).
Early on Igarashi did look good and landed plenty of left hands however Francisco took the shots well and fought back with the two men really holding their own with each other for 4 rounds. Sadly though those 4 rounds would be the only ones that would be completed before a serious head clash left Igarashi badly cur under his right eye.
The blood, and cut, was simply too much to allow the fight to go on and the fight was quickly waved off with the cards being called for just midway through round 5. Those cards read 48-48, 48-48 and 49-47, in favour of Igarashi, resulting in a majority draw.
For Francisco this was a great result however for Igarashi it's a real set back to his dreams of becoming a 2-weight world champion, and will certainly not help him get a shot at any of the current title holders.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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