MIURA STOPS JARDON TO KEEP WBC 130LB BELT


December 31, 2013

TOKYO, JAPAN

WBC super-feather champ, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs), 130, impressively retained his belt as he overwhelmed WBC#2 ranked Mexican Dante gCrazyh Jardon (24-4, 20 KOs), 130, from the outset, badly floored him in the fifth, accelerated his persistent attack and finally decked him again to prompt the refereefs intervention at 0:55 of the ninth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was more lopsided than people had expected, as Miura maintained the pressure from the start and kept battering the breadbasket of Jardon, who desperately withstood the champfs persistent attack. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 40-36 by all the judges, and after the eighth, 80-71 twice and 80-70, all in favor of the pugnacious champ.

The fatal ninth saw Miura swarm over the exhausted Mexican with a barrage of punches to have him down again, when the referee declared a well-received halt.

Miura was so fortunate that he was given an opportunity to have a second shot at the world super-feather belt against Gamaliel Diaz this April, since the Mexican had dethroned his stablemate Takahiro Ao by an upset verdict in October 2012. Miura, less skillful but very hard-hitting southpaw, dismantled Diaz, dropping him four times en route to a fine coronation via ninth round TKO.

Miura, in his initial defense, went to Cancun, Mexico, to meet also hard-punching Sergio Thompson this August, when he floored the local favorite twice, hit the deck once and finally emerged victorious to keep his belt to his credit. Therefore, the Japanese champ faced three Mexican opponents in succession and displayed his power punching and physical power, if not his finesse.

The first round literally decided the outcome as Miura found that Jardon, an inch taller, had the same midsection as Marcos Maidana when his left uppercut to the liver doubled him up effectively. Since then, Miura battered him with persistent body bombardments, which apparently weakened the highly touted Mexican hard-puncher.

Regardless of precision, Miura kept battering Jardonfs elbows, chest, midsection, shoulder and gloves so abundantly that we were worried about his remaining stamina. But his incessant attacks were effective enough to forfeit Jardonfs power and stamina as the contest progressed.

Occasionally did Jardon throw sickle-like left hooks to the temple or to the side of the belly, but they didnft catch the mark of the shorter southpaw champ. Having lost his leg power, Jardon often lost his support on the pedestal and slipped down time and again. The seventh saw Miura keep throwing punches to the fading Mexican for three full minutes and once had him to the deck, but the referee Len Koivisto (Canada) called it a slip though he might as well have called it a knockdown.

The eighth also witnessed Jardon go down after he took Miurafs combinations and lost his equilibrium a bit later after the champfs assault. The ref again declared it a slip, but it was actually caused by Miurafs furious attack despite a delayed reaction, so the crowd jeered the third manfs severe decision against the aggressive champ.

Miura, in round nine, displayed an acceleration of his merciless attack, which sent him sprawling to the canvas. It was obvious that Jardon was unfit to go on, and the refereefs prompt stoppage upon the challengerfs visit to the deck was welcomed by the crowd.

Mauro Di Fiore (US) saw the one-sided affair after the eighth 80-70, while Cathy Leonard (US) and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) both 80-71, all in the gutsy champfs favor.

Miura once had his first crack at the world belt against compatriot Takashi Uchiyama in a bid for the WBA 130-pound belt in 2011, when he surprisingly floored the champ with an explosive southpaw left in the third round and had a great moment to dethrone the prohibitive favorite. Uchiyama, however, concentrated on sticking jabs to the face and eye of Miura, who finally retired because of impaired vision after the ninth session.

Now people wish to see their rematch in a unification bout with both the WBC and the WBA belts at stake. Akihiko Honda, Miurafs promoter/manager, prudently says, gEach champion must abide by the next mandatory defense, and then we may consider the possibility of materializing the unification bout.h Hitoshi Watanabe, Uchiyamafs impresario, says, gWefd like to welcome the rematch for unification, but Uchiyama may need some time to recover from his hand injury.h

Uchiyama is a smart boxer with his hard-punching ability, while Miura is a reckless fighter with his bomber in both hands. Should it materialize, it will cause great sensation among Japanese aficionados. Here in Japan, it will be as sensational as Carlos Zarate-Alfonso Zamora, Sandro Mazzinghi-Nino Benvenuti, Chris Eubank-Steve Collins, Don Curry-Milton McCrory confrontations.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.

(12-31-2013)


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