JAPAN UPDATE


December 27, 2013

TOKYO, JAPAN

Japanese local flyweight prospect in Osaka, Shota Kawaguchi (16-4-11, 6 KOs) decked an important victory over WBC#13/WBO#9 ranked Thailander Yodngoen Tor Chalermchai (11-2, 5 KOs) by winning a unanimous decision (79-75, 78-75 twice) over eight tough rounds last Saturday (December 21) in Osaka, Japan. Kawaguchi mixed it up with the ex-WBC world challenger Yodngoen and outpunched him to win more points. He will be newly ranked in world ratings thanks to this hard-fought triumph.

On December 31, we will see a couple of world 130-pound title bouts where WBA kingpin Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will face up-and-coming compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs), and WBC ruler Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs), a hard-punching southpaw, will risk his belt against Mexican Dante gCrazyh Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs) at Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo. The Uchiyama-Keneko confrontation may have a possibility to be like the Carl Froch-George Groves extravaganza since Kaneko has shown his rapid progress in speed, skills and power, while Uchiyama is an invincible titleholder. The Miura-Jardon bout will be a furious slugfest whichever may win by a knockout. If victorious, both Uchiyama and Miura wish to face for unification midway next year.

Ioka Gym in Osaka has disclosed that WBA minimumweight champ Ryo Miyazaki (20-0-3, 11 KOs) renounced his 105-pound belt to move up to the 108-pound category. Miyazaki will participate in a ten-rounder with WBA#6/IBF#6 Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (22-2, 14 KOs), from Thailand, beneath the WBA light-flyweight title bout between his stablemate and defending champ Kazuto Ioka (13-0, 9 KOs) and also unbeaten Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (18-0, 15 KOs) in Osaka on the same December 31.


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