One of the biggest boxing shocks this year saw Panama's Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8) travel to Tokyo and blitz long reigning WBA Super Featherweight “super” champion Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) in just 2 rounds. The result put a genuine shockwave through Japanese boxing and, amazingly, saw fans are call those in the venue liars as the bout wasn't broadcast live on TV and though people at the venue were originally on the wind up. It seems to think, but there were people suggesting that those in attendance were trying to make people tune in to the delayed broadcast.
In their first fight Corrales seemed to shock Uchiyama from the opening round. He was too quick, too sharp, and unexpectedly heavy handed. Although Uchiyama saw out the opening round it was clear he was uncomfortable and in round 2 he stopped following 3 knockdowns in the round. It was a genuine jaw dropped, and even those people who tipped Corrales hasn't expected such a result, especially given that Corrales was pegged as a defensive genius and not a power puncher.
On December 31st the two men face off again with Corrales looking to prove the first fight wasn't a fluke, and that he really does have Uchiyama's number whilst Uchiyama is looking to roll back the clock and put on a performance to remember, despite being 37 years old and a 11 year veteran of professional boxing.
When Uchiyama was at his best he was a vicious fighter with a thunderous right hand, a rigth hand that earned him the nickname “KO Dynamite”, he was accurate, defensively sound and a brilliant reader of range and tempo, knowing when to let his hands go and when to step back from his foe. As he's gotten older however he has slowed significantly, and he wasn't never lightning quick to begin with. As he's slowed he has become more defensively liable and can be caught by quick fighters.
During his 6 year run as champion Uchiyama recorded 11 defenses and beat the likes of Takashi Miura, Jorge Solis, Bryan Vasquez, Daiki Kaneko and Jomthong Chuwatana. At times he looked less than great, such as again Kaneko, other times however he looked incredible and combined his boxing ability and thunderous power with a real mean streak that saw him looking like he was out to hurt opponents. Sadly as he's gotten older some of that meanness has worn off and niggling injuries have taken a toll on his body and effectiveness in the ring. That was certainly seen against Corrales in their first bout, when a slow looking Uchiyama looked unsure of himself from part way through the opening round until the end.
Known as “El Invisible” Corrales has a reputation as being a defensively clever boxer who was hard to tag and was never in the same place for long. Offensively he wasn't seen as anything exception and in all honesty very little on his record stood out prior to him facing Uchiyama. In many wins his only real wins of note had come against Rene Alvarado, Walter Estrada and Juan Antonio Rodriguez. Interestingly however he had stopped his 5 opponents previous to facing Uchiyama and seemingly had changed styles into one that was sitting on his punches more than he had early in his career. Those KO's have seen him turn his record from 13-1 (2) to 20-1-0-1 (8), with 5 stoppages in his last 7 wins.
Against Uchiyama we saw Corrales not only look destructive but also intelligently wild. His shots came from unusual angles, he switched a bit, squared up a bit too much but knew that he had his man hurt and that the shots thrown from all over the place were landing and hurting a man who looked lost. The accuracy might not have been great but the speed and power were impressive and prevented Uchiyama from ever recovering or resettling to the task at hand.
It's easy to think that Corrales' first win was a fluke. It's easy to say that Uchiyama had an off night, wasn't his usual self and wasn't expecting what he got from Corrales. The truth however is that Uchiyama is no longer a man in his prime, he's a long way removed from his best and age defeats all men, as we saw recently with Bernard Hopkins. That's likely to be the case again here, and we suspect that great Uchiyama will retire following the bout. He may still have a surprise “last” performance in the tank, as we recently saw from Hozumi Hasegawa against Hugo Ruiz, but we would be genuinely surprised to see that happen here against Corrales, who simply looks like a man who is a stylistic nightmare for the popular Japanese puncher.
The Super Featherweight division is one of the most entertaining, despite the fact that it's been a criminally over-looked and often ignored one in the west. Of course the division has had some highlight fight in the west recently, such as the brilliant Takashi Miura Vs Francisco Vargas fight and the two Roman Martinez Vs Orlando Salido bouts. Sadly those great wars haven't seen fight fans really get behind the division despite the depth currently competing at 130lbs.
This coming Wednesday we see the top fight in the division in action, WBA “super” champion Takashi Uchiyama's (24-0-1, 20) [内山 高志] defending his title against the WBA's “interim” champion Jezreel Corrales (19-1-0-1, 7). For Uchiyama it's his 12th defense of the title, and sees him take a huge step towards the Japanese title defense record, of 13 defenses by Yoko Gushiken, and setting a Super Featherweight world record, whilst giving Corrales a chance to make a big statement about himself on the world stage.
Of the two fighters it's Corrales who is the less known and the clear under-dog, however the Panamanian is a confident fighter who will feel he is ready for this opportunity having managed to pick up number of solid victories at home. Those solid victories have included decision wins against Rene Alvarado and Irving Berry as well as stoppages over Walter Estrada and Juan Antonio Rodriguez. They might not be top tier wins, but they do suggest that Corrales is a capable fighter who can hold his own on the fringes of world class, at the very least.
In the ring Corrales looks not only a confident fighter, but also a very good one with a lot of technical ability, sharp offensive and very impressive defense. That defense is based on a shoulder roll with his speed and reactions helping him turn offense into defense and from the footage available he does, sort of, look like a young Floyd Mayweather Jr. Their is a very educated boxing brain in his head and whilst he's certainly no banger it's become clear that he can hurt fighters with his accurate and quick shots. Notably he has also been seen to be a switch hitter and appears to be a fighter who is extremely comfortable in the ring.
When it comes to Uchiyama the 36 year old champion has been one of the shining stars of Japanese boxing and one of the few constants in the Super Featherweight division over the last 6 years. He was a former top Japanese amateur who turned professional and raced through the ranks, winning an OPBF title in his 8th bout and the WBA title in his 14th. Whilst he was fast tracked he has also scored notable wins stopping the likes of Nedal Hussein, Juan Carlos Salgado, Takashi Miura, Jorge Solis, Bryan Vasquez and Jomthong Chuwatana, essentially ending Chuwatana's prime as a fighter.
In the ring Uchiyama can look a little bit basic, he's not flashy or anything like that. What he is however is excellently well school, technically he's fantastic and uses a brilliant jab to set off almost all of his attacks. He's gifted with some of the heaviest handed, pound for pound, in the sport and every shot he lands takes a toll on an opponent, with many being beaten down as fights go on. When he feels like he's in with a good opponent we see the best from Uchiyama, who has amazingly fought much of his career with serious injuries which have reportedly been sorted in recent years, suggesting that at 36 we're only just starting to see Uchiyama at his best physically.
Coming in to this one we're expecting to see Uchiyama given a genuine stylistic test. Corrales has the style to really frustrate the champion with his brilliant defense and speed. Despite being a frustrating opponent we do suspect that Uchiyama will mark out his territory with the jab, and eventually grind down Corrales, for a late stoppage. However we do imagine that Corrales will come again in the future and could turn out to be a very good win on reflection for Uchiyama.
If Uchiyama is, as we suspect, successful then he'll be looking to make a US debut later in the year whilst also tying Gushiken's record. Hopefully that would see him finally receiving the international plaudits that he has, so far, lacked.
December 31st features a 5 world title fights in Japan, spread across 3 different cities. The bouts all see Japanese champions defending their titles against foreign fighters and all are being televised across various platforms.
The most distinguished of those champions is the unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19) who looks to record his 11th defense of the WBA Super Featherweight title, or more exactly the second defense of the “Super” version of the title. In the opposite corner to the heavy handed “KO Dynamite” will be a man looking to make a mark on the world scene, the little known Oliver Flores (27-1-2, 17).
The 36 year old champion is one of the longest reigning champions in the sport. He won his title in way back in January 2010, when he stopped Juan Carlos Salgado, and has since defended it against both top contenders and relative nobodies. Whilst wins over Roy Mukhlis and Angel Granados will be easily forgotten wins over the likes of Takashi Miura, Jorge Solis, Bryan Vasquez and Jomthong Chuwatana are likely to stand the test of time.
In the ring Uchiyama is a very special fighter and despite his age still looks like a youthful fighter who does have time on his side. He's a monstrous puncher, with real venom in both hands, he's technically very solid with a smart boxing mind and works off a heavy jab with ease. Not only is he talented and heavy handed but he's also tough, defensively sound and and has an excellent understanding of pacing, which has seen him speed up and slow down bouts almost at will. If he does have flaws in his boxing it's really his speed, which is unexceptional, though that is less of an issue given his timing and control.
Whilst Uchiyama has already sealed his place among the modern Japanese greats he does still have some targets. One of those is to set the Japanese record for most defenses, a record that currently stands at 13 successful defenses. For him a win over Flores is just he next step towards that record. He also hopes to score a big win in the US and make a name for himself internationally. It's thought that if he sees off Flores a deal is in place for him to face Nicholas Walters next year, however could that deal see him taking his eyes off the task at hand?
Whilst Uchiyama is well known, especially by knowledgeable fans who have followed his championship reign, it's fair to say that Flores is a bit of an unknown quantity. The 24 year old is a southpaw from Leon, Nicaragua. Despite being Nicaraguan he actually began making a name for himself in Costa Rica, where he debuted at a prodigious 15 years old and has fought 20 of his career bouts.
As well Costa Rica fans have been able to see Flores fight in Mexico, Nicaragua and, most recently Panama. Sadly however the amount of notable opponents that he's faced are limited with the only real stand out name being Miguel Berchelt, who stopped Flores in 2 rounds back in November 2012. Since that loss, more than 3 years ago, Flores has fought just 4 times, all in Nicaraguan, beating very poor opposition.
On paper there is little for Uchiyama to worry about, however Flores has perhaps one or two things of note to think about. Firstly he's experienced, obviously, secondly he's a southpaw and thirdly he's got experience at a higher weight than Uchiyama, in fact his last 3 bouts have come at Lightweight or above. From footage he has a lot of upper body movement and a relatively sharp jab, but there is little weight behind his shots and he does make a bunch of mistakes, often leaning in too much and leaning over his front foot which will be punished by a fighter like Uchiyama.
From what we've seen of Flores he looks likely to pose absolutely no threat to Uchiyama and despite being a southpaw he's not a fighter who is likely to even pose a question in terms of his stance. His defensive is wide open and given Uchiyama's thunderous power this could be very short. In fact we suspect we ends when Uchiyama chooses to end it, which may well be very early given that he'll want to make a statement ahead of a US bout in 2016.
There are many divisions in boxing that get over-looked due to a lack of fighters from a particular country or region. Today one such division is the Super Featherweight division which has a lot of exciting fighters in it, a huge ranged of talented individuals ranging from exciting warriors making their names in the sport, such as Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas, to veteran's whose time looks to be coming to and end but yet they won't go away quietly, such as Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido, who put on a recent FOTY contender together.
On May 6th we get to see a bout between two of the division's top unbeaten fighters who both combine a high level of skill with heavy hands, spiteful straight punches and are technically very impressive. Neither man is a brawler but rarely is either involved in a dull bout, and given the power and skills of both they are both must watch fighters.
One of those unbeaten men is WBA “super” champion Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18). For those unaware he's a 35 year old fighter who has been at the top of the division for more than 5 years. He's already recorded an excellent reign of terror including 9 world title defenses with wins over the likes of Takashi Miura, Jorge Solis, Bryan Vasquez and Daiki Kaneko as well as his excellent title winning effort against Juan Carlos Salgado. What those wins have shown is that Uchiyama has an educated understanding of the ring, a thunderous right hand and a nasty, hurtful jab.
At his best Uchiyama is the consummate boxer-puncher. He's powerful, tough, strong and skilled with very few chinks in his armour. It's fair to say he's not the quickest but his timing makes up for that more often than not. The one thing that does stand out about Uchiyama, at least in recent times, is inactivity and by the time he steps in the ring for his upcoming defense he'll have fought just 21 rounds in 2 years, with those rounds coming in just 2 fights. Whilst some of that activity is due to issues with opponents, several of which turned him down last year, another part is injuries to one of his hands. Given his age the inactivity and injuries certainly leave a lot of questions regarding how long Uchiyama can continue at the top level.
The other man is Thailand's brilliant Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4). On paper Jomthong is “inexperienced” but in reality the Thai is more experienced than many would imagine with a legendary Muay Thai career that has been the founding of his success as a boxer. Not only is Jomthong a true “fighter” but he's a brilliant technical fighter with a razor like southpaw jab and a spiteful straight that many fighters don't see coming. More impressively when it comes to Jomthong is his ability to control distance with incredibly smart movement.
Aged 25 Jomthong is a relative youngster in the division. With more than 200 Muay Thai fights under his belt Jomthong “should” have copious amounts of wear and tear however given his defense nous, movement and toughness he's certainly not been showing much of that damage and instead the Thai looks as tough as ever. Like Uchiyama he's a boxer puncher though he's not got the inactivity or age to really worry about and he's a faster fighter than the defending champion, with both his hands and feet. He's also the bigger fighter, about 1½″ taller and naturally bigger at the weight, with a lot of draining done to make 130lbs. One of the few points where he is behind Uchiyama is his competition, but for a 9 fight “novice” that competition has already included wins over Dong-Hyuk Kim, Ronald Pontillas and, most recently Daiki Kaneko, a trio of very good wins.
In the ring we suspect this will be incredibly high level boxing between two very similar fighters. Uchiyama is the hard puncher and the man who will have the crowd behind him however he'll also learn that Jomthong's counters are quick and sharp. The speed difference between the two is genuinely noticeable and with Uchiyama getting older he's also getting slower, possibly leading to his timing being slightly off. Jomthong also won't be intimidated either by the crowd or by Uchiyama's reputation.
Although the fight will be high level boxing we suspect that it will warm up and move from top tier boxing into an educated and highly skilled fight with Uchiyama needing to adapt to the speed, skills and movement of Jomthong. This won't be an all out brawl but will feature a lot of pressure from Uchiyama and Jomthong answering back in short sequences that will have the crowd on their feet and the commentators going wild. When we get to those sequences we'll really find out about both men and how much they want to win.
Whilst the both men are exceptional fighters we see them as being parts of different generations. The 10 year age gap between them is what we view as the biggest difference and Uchiyama is certainly coming to the end of his career whilst Jomthong is just beginning his, at least at world level. That, to us, is the deciding part of this fight and why Jomthong will shake up the division in a huge way and claim a career defining victory. The speed, and youth will see Jomthong through to the win, despite some struggles with the more experienced champion.
Note-Fight fans wanting to watch this can see it in Japan on TV Tokyo or in Thailand, on Channel 3SD.
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For some fighters 2014 has been amazing. Fighters like Kosei Tanaka and Shohei Omori have had tremendous years with both men breaking out and making a name for themselves. Others however have had disappointing years, with Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17) probably having the most disappointing year of any active world champion. Yes Uchiyama is still the unbeaten WBA Super Featherweight king but he's a man who has lost a year of his career due to the fact opponents haven't wanted to fight him.
What should have been a year of greats fights for Uchiyama has instead been plagued with inactivity, opponents avoiding him and various other problems.
Thankfully the year won't be a total write off for the popular “KO Dynamite” and Uchiyama will fight this year, on December 31st. The bout comes exactly a year after his Uchiyama's last defense, a hard fought decision win over Daiki Kaneko, and sadly it sees the Japanese knockout artist fighting a relatively obscure opponent, Israel Hector Enrique Perez (27-2-1, 16).
We consider ourselves hardcore fans outside of just the Asian scene, though Perez is a fighter that, when the bout was announced, we genuinely knew next to nothing about. What we knew was that he was a 35 year old Argentinian who had scored only a single win of note, a stoppage over veteran Francisco Lorenzo.
Having known so little about Perez we have made an effort to get a read on him by watching footage of him in action. Unsurprisingly the footage doesn't impress us, in the slightest. He looks basic and predictable, there is little that actually stands out about him and although he seems to have power it's far from world class and seems more grinding than destructive. Possibly his best quality is his punch variety, though nothing appears to be particularly stunning.
A notable issue of Perez's is activity. He has fought just once in the last 12 months, just twice in the last 24 months and, amazingly, just 4 times in the last 4 years. At 35 years old that simply isn't active enough and it's certainly not the activity that should be rewarded with a world title fight. Interestingly however he is 28-0-1 in his last 29 fights date back more than 4 years. His level of competition has helped that unbeaten run though it's still impressive, at least on paper.
It's going to sound incredibly harsh but we're not sure that Perez would be able to crack the top 5 in Japan. He's certainly going to be an under-dog against both Uchiyama and Takashi Miura, it's hard to see him really testing Daiki Kaneko, Rikki Naito, Masayuki Ito or Shingo Eto. Interestingly, at the time of writing, Boxrec.com woulr rate Perez at #15 in Japan, if he were Japanese of course.
Whilst Perez is unknown we cannot say the same about Uchiyama who is one of the sports biggest punchers, most exciting fighters and most destructive.
At his best Uchiyama is probably the best Super Featherweight on the planet. He combines incredibly heavy hands with great technical ability, intelligent defence, surprising handspeed and freakish natural strength. Through his 22 career bouts only one man has been able to stand up physically to Uchiyama and that was compatriot Daiki Kaneko, who is one amazing physical specimen.
Aged 35 and coming in off a long lay off Uchiyama does leave us with some questions. What will his timing be like? Will he be sharp? And most importantly how much has he slid? He didn't look great against Kaneko and a year on we're unsure he would actually beat Kaneko if they were to have a rematch. We're also unsure if we'd pick Uchiyama in a rematch with Miura, who he beat back in 2011. What we're trying to say is Miura isn't in his prime any more. When he was in his pomp we'd have made him a clear favourite over anyone in the division now however we have apprehensions about him against two of his compatriots, and former victims.
If Uchiyama can recapture his form he likely stops Perez very early in this bout. If, however, Uchiyama isn't what he once was we suspect he'll win but not look impressive doing so, possibly stopping Perez in the later rounds. The only thing we can't see happening is Perez winning. The Argentinian has nothing that will make Uchiyama worried and if anything this is the perfect bout to see what Uchiyama has left and to let him vent his frustrations at the year he has had.
Sadly we suspect that if Uchiyama is less than impressive then he may actually retire from the sport. It'd be a shame but he deserves to go out unbeaten rather than suffer a late career defeat well after his prime, like he probably would if he's slipped further from how we last saw him.
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When we talk about the most destructive men in boxing one name that cannot be forgotten is Japan's fearsomely big hitting Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17). Uchiyama, who sports an 80.95% KO rate is powerful, hard hitting and arguably the #1 fighter in the Super Featherweight division.
Aged 34 Uchiyama has been a man that is truly feared. His skills are exceptional, his speed may not be great but he's explosive and every shot hurts, be it to the head as he showed against Jorge Solis or the body as he showed against Jaider Parra earlier this year.
As well as being explosive in single shots he's also devastating in combinations, as he showed showed against Brian Vasquez. There really is no proven way of deal with an Uchiyama assault. In fact the only man who has come close was Takashi Miura who dropped Uchiyama before being stopped himself.
The unbeaten Uchiyama, the WBA Super Featherweight champion will be hunting the 8th defense of his title on New Years Eve as he takes on fellow Japanese fighter Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12) in a bout that should set pulses rushing through out Japan.
Kaneko, taking part in his first world title fight enters having been the Japanese champion for 18 months. As the Japanese champion Kaneko defended his title 4 times, all by stoppage. Although they were at a lower level than Uchiyama's fights the 25 year old does seem to be coming in to his own at last.
Although Kaneko's record, with 2 losses and 3 draws, does look somewhat poor for a man facing Uchiyama it's worth noting that he hasn't lost in 6 almost years. He has gone 13-0-3 (10) in that time and grown from a teenager with promise to a genuinely talented, hard hitting and highly skilled individual.
The names on Kaneko's record such as Seiichi Okada, Ryota Kajiki and Kyohei Tamakoshi may not be on par with Solis, Salgado, Miura or Vasquez but they are credible wins and have helped Kaneko climb into the WBA and WBC top 10.
Although the names aren't there and the record isn't as good Kaneko does have advantages over Uchiyama. Firstly Kaneko is a lot younger, he's only 25 years old and hasn't got the wear and tear or natural slowing of Uchiyama. Of course this leads us to points 2 and 3, Kaneko is faster and appears to a more consistent work rate. Don't get us wrong's not as clean or as effective work but there is more of it than you'd see from Uchiyama.
The final advantage Kaneko has is the lack of pressure on his shoulders. He's not expected to win. Uchiyama is expected to stop Kaneko and then go on to a rematch with Miura. We'll admit we'd love to see that, but maybe that will help Kaneko here.
When it comes to the bout it's self we expect Kaneko to put up a good fight. We expect to see Kaneko starting fast, putting Uchiyama under pressure and letting his hands go. Unfortunately for Kaneko Uchiyama is defensively sound and should see out the fast start before landing his own heavy artillery from 3 or 4 onwards before Kaneko finally get stopped.
For some this is a total mismatch, for us we only expect one winner, but it's not a total mismatch. It's probably the 5th or 6th best bout you could make at 130 involving Uchiyama. Sure we'd rather see Uchiyama in with Miura, Mikey Garcia, Argenis Mendez, Juan Carlos Burgos or Roman Martinez but that really is it and this really should be interesting for as long as it lasts.
A note for Japanese fans. This fight, along with Takashi Miura v Dante Jordan will be televised on Tokyo TV on New Years Eve. For international fans however it appears no one is showing this in Europe or the US which is a real shame considering how good Uchiyama really is.
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Hard hitting Japanese champion Takashi Uchiyama (19-0-1, 16) may well be one of the hardest hitting fighters pound-for-pound on the planet. In early May the Japanese power puncher will need to show how good he is as he attempts to make the 7th defense of his WBA Super Featherweight and continue his domination of the division as he takes on unbeaten Venezuelan Jaider Parra (20-0-1, 10).
Uchiyama burst on to the international scene back in 2010 when he stopped the previously unbeaten Mexican, Juan Carlos Salgado with 12 seconds left to claim the WBA Super Featherweight title. Salgado at that time was riding a crest of a wave which had seen him shocking the boxing world by stopping Jorge Linares inside a round so Uchiyama's victory opened the eyes of many.
Since claiming the title Uchiyama has been a destructive force stopping 5 of his 6 opponents (and suffering a 3 round technical draw with the other). This has seen him stopping not just weak opponents like Angel Granados and Roy Mukhlis but also current WBC champion Takashi Miura, former WBA "interim" champion Jorge Solis and more recently the then unbeaten Bryan Vasquez.
Aged 33 Uchiyama is perhaps coming to the end of his prime though with just 126 professional rounds under his belt there may well be plenty of miles left on the man now known as "KO Dynamite". His power is certainly going no where and whilst he's not a lazy fighter he's also not a fighter who depends on speed (though he's certainly not slow when he unloads) or work rate to win bouts instead relying on his thunderous power and under-rated toughness to win bouts. He's often a slow starter but when he lets his hands go every shot seems to have an effect on his opponents and this power seems to stay with him from round 1 to round 12. Thinking about it, it may not be Uchiyama's power that is most devastating but the fact that he's able to carry it through a fight.
In Jaider Parra, the younger brother of former WBA Flyweight champion Lorenzo Parra we have a real unknown quantity on our hands. At his best Lorenzo Parra was a highly skilled fighter who traveled on the road on won repeatedly, in fact Lorenzo Parra actually won 3 bouts in Japan (and 1 in South Korea) as he became a road warrior.
With Jaider Parra much less is known about him than his brother. What is known is that at 30 years old Parra is taking a massive step up. So far the best victories on his record are against C if not D level fighters such as Joel Cerrud and whilst he has been scoring victories on the road they have all been in Latin America, a far cry from Japan.
From what little footage of Parra seems to exist he's actually not a bad fighter. He looks relaxed in the ring and has a very nice jab with solid upper body movement and a good understanding of distance as well as a cracking short left hook. Although Parra's record suggests he's not much of a puncher his victory over Johnny Antequera in 2011 seemed to suggest that Parra has got power (although Antequera got to his feet after a knockdown he genuinely had no idea where he was).
Parra, at least from looking at him, has the ability to genuine frustrate Uchiyama. He'll not give the Japanese fighter that many openings, at least not early on and he'll use his feet well to stay away from the dangerous Uchiyama, though he does seem to have a habit of dropping his hands something that could see him punished by Uchiyama.
Not many people will have seen Parra though it wouldn't be a surprise for a few people to see a few people shocked by him giving Uchiyama a tough time early on. If he drops his hands and gets caught early then it could be game over though he certainly has the skills and ability to give Uchiyama a tough 6 or 7 rounds before Uchiyama decides to go through the gears. Parra, despite the eye catching knockdown of Antequera doesn't appear have the power needed to hurt Uchiyama (who seems to have only been dropped by Miura) and it's that that will eventually be his downfall. Parra could possible win a few early rounds but Uchiyama needs only half a chance to end the fight and it's inevitable that he'll get it sooner or later.
To whet the appetite of Uchiyama v Parra it seemed only fitting to include a highlights video of the Japanese fighter so, courtesy of bazooka9303, here we go!
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