Back in May we saw a bizarre conclusion to a WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator between Japan's Koki Eto (24-4-1-1, 19) and Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron (10-0-0-1, 5). The bout seemed to end after a right hand from Eto landed on Cintron and appeared to leave him a bit loopy. On replay however it wasn't a right hand that had left Cintron hurt, but instead an accidental clash of heads, and what was originally announced as an opening round TKO win for Eto was then reversed into a No Contest.
As a result of their No Contest the men will rematch on August 2nd, with the winner then likely to get a WBO world title fight against the newly crowned Kazuto Ioka. Although they may end up needing to wait until 2020 for their shot at gold, a win here will hot shot them to being the mandatory for the highly regarded Ioka.
As with their first bout Cintron will head in as the favourite.The 24 year old former amateur stand out has shown fantastic skills through his career, with good movement, good speed and good shot selection. In their first bout his skills really were impressive, and he looked like he was more than capable of out boxing Eto for 12 rounds. That was, of course, until the ending when he seemed to be clearly concussed.
Whilst Cintron did look really skilled, and was taken out by a headclash, there was some question marks with the youngster. He seemed to stand with Eto a little bit too much, his defense was as good as expected, and whilst it was a headclash that sent him loopy an Eto right hand did come extremely close to landing at the same time. Had that landed we wouldn't be talking about this rematch. The headclash obviously seemed to give Cintron a concussion as well, and it's fair to say that lingering effects of a concussion may show them selves here, less than 3 months after their first bout.
In the first fight we saw Eto for what he was, and for what he has long been. A clumsy, crude, rugged fighter. Eto is the sort of fighter who could end up being knocked down shadow boxing, his defense is often open and more based on his own aggression than slipped and blocking shots. He is open, he is in front of his opponents and he is easy to hit. Despite his limitations he is tough, he hits hard, he has incredible heart and he's never been afraid of a fight. His wars with Kompayak Popramook and Ardin Diale showed he never gives up and to beat him anyone will need to stay sharp and fight hard for 12 rounds.
At 31 years old Eto doesn't have much time left in his career, in fact given his wars so far it's hard to know what he has left in the tank. He's an out and warrior and his career has been a damaging one. Given the reversed outcome of the first bout it could be that he is more determined than ever to make a mark, and given how Cintron reacted after the head clash he may well feel like Cintron has issues with durability and heart. On the other hand the disappointment of having the win scratched may well have been the final straw in his career.
As with their first bout we're expecting this to be a case of Cintron skills and amateur pedigree against the power and determination of Eto. We expect this to be a much longer bout than their first one, and one to end in conclusive fashion. Given how the headclash really scambled Cintron, and how Eto was having moments of success, we're actually going to predict that at some point the Japanese fighter will land a booming right hand, hurting Cintron and then stopping him with a follow up.
Prediction - Eto TKO9
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