Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had a notable show, with two title bouts as well as a strong under-card.
That under-card was notable for 3 notable bouts, the first of which was the debut of Kaiki Yuba (1-0, 1) [湯場 海樹], who took on Thai visitor Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-5). The touted Yuba, debuting ina 6 rounder, had a lot of press attention due to his father being former 5-weight Japanese champion Tadashi Yuba, and it seemed in the opening round that pressure troubled the youngster who looked a tad nervous. In the second round however Yuba looked great, with his nerves settling down and he showed impressive hand speed to drop the Thai twice. Petchmahalert showed his bravery to continued but was dropped twice more in round 3 with the bout being stopped following the the final knockdown.
Although not punch perfect there was a lot to be excited by with Yuba's performance, and the youngster looks like a genuine prospect for the future.
Also scoring a stoppage in the under-card against a Thai was the heavy handed Taiki Minamoto (13-5, 10) [源 大輝], who over-came Thai visitor Eaksakda Mor Krungthep Thomburee (0-1) in the second round. The Thai had been negative from the opening seconds but was stopped in roudn 2. After his win Minamoto stated that he was going to be looking to win the Japanese title in his brother's honour, with his brother having passed away very recently.
The best of the under-card bouts saw the in form Reiya Abe (14-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] take a competitive unanimous decision over fellow youngster Joe Noynay (12-2-1, 4) in what was a very highly skilled, competitive and enjoyable bout. From the off it seemed like Abe was looking to use his power as the difference and he landed some solid looking left hands in the opening round. Noynay took the shots well and tried to out work Abe in a bout that swung one way, then the other and then back. Although very few rounds were decisive it did seem like Abe deserved the win, especially after a tremendous round 7, but it was never a clear cut thing and Noynay impressed in a very solid performance. The scorecards for the bout were all in favour of Abe, with scores of 77-76, 77-75 and 78-75, and it seems he is now after an OPBF title fight with Ryo Takenaka. For Noynay the loss is a set back, but he showed a lot of ability and should bounce back from this.
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