Courtesy of Promociones del Pueblo
Unfortunately some world title fights look like mismatches on paper as an established and highly regarded champion takes on an unworthy voluntary defense against a limited and less skilled opponent.
Of course not all matches go the way we would expect looking at paper and we almost had a major shock late last night as Mexican Adrian "El Confessor" Hernandez (28-2-1, 17), the defending WBC Light Flyweight champion was unexpectedly sent to the canvas.
Hernandez, defending his belt for the 3rd time since reclaiming it from Thailand's Kompayak Porpramook last year, was facing little known Japanese challenger Atsushi Kakutani (13-4-1, 6). We'd expected Hernandez to start cautiously and slowly break down Kakutani, who had been stopped inside a round by Warlito Parrenas just over 2 years ago.
Instead of the cautious start from the champion we got action from the off and this resulted in Hernandez being dropped in round 1.
Unfortunately for Kakutani, Hernandez managed to recover to his feet and although a war continued through rounds 2 and 3 the fight was turning away from Kakutani who failed to repeat the success off the knockdown as Hernandez started to grind him down with heavier punches in the exchanges.
The grinding effect of Hernandez shots appeared to have taken their effect at the start of round 4 and in the first notable assault of the round Kakutani was sent down for the first time. The Japanese challenger showed the fighters heart by recovering to his feet but his legs lacked the co-ordination that he needed to really recover his senses. With Hernandez smelling blood he jumped on the challenger sending him down again.
Once more Kakutani found his feet though unfortunately after being sent down for the third time in the round the referee was forced to wave it off, probably a good thing considering how little punch resistance Kakutani appeared to have left.
Although this was loss by a Japanese fighter the result may actually "be a good one" for Japanese boxing fans. Kakutani's success against Hernandez, especially in the opening round showed how limited he was. With Kakutani, WBC's #14 ranked fighter, losing here and Naoya Inoue scoring his big win last weekend over Ryoichi Taguchi there may be a case for Inoue climbing into the top 15 and getting a voluntary shot next time out. If this occurs, and we want to make it clear that this is just us talking about it rather than any rumour we've heard, then there is every chance Inoue could claim a world title in fight #5.
World Title Results
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