December 31, 2013


Previously unbeaten ex-WBA minimum champ Ryo Miyazaki (20-1-3, 11 KOs), 108, engaged in a non-title bout after his latest relinquishment of the belt but suffered a shocking knockout defeat by WBA#6 minimum Thailander Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-2, 15 KOs), also 108, at 2:22 of the third round in a scheduled ten beneath the WBA light-fly title bout on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

His weight problem made Miyazaki renounce the WBA 105-pound belt and it was his first appearance since. It was ballyhooed as a tune-up bout prior to his next shot at any of world light-fly championships.

Miyazaki breathlessly made the contract weight of 108 pounds, but temporarily collapsed at the scale because of svere dehydration. It was reported that Miyazaki didn't have a good condition for this fight.

From the start Miyazaki looked sluggish, and took a long left from the son of ex-IBF world champ Fhalan Sr. (54-4-3, 23 KOs; now retired) from Thailand. Miyazaki, apparently slow due to the bad effect of weight reduction, couldnft move well in round two. He took a sharp and long left of Fahlan in round three, when the Thailander landed a left-right-left combination and dropped the ex-champ to the deck. Miyazaki barely stood up but wobbled so badly that referee Fukuchi wisely counted him out.

It was really a shocker because Miyazaki, regarded as a strong small man, unified the WBA 105-pound belt by winning a majority decision over interim titlist Jesus Silvestre last September. It was regarded as just a tune-up bout for Miyazaki, but his failure to make the 108-pound contract weight properly deteriorated his condition and thus caused a shocker.

We just wonder why his handlers didnft negotiate with Fahlanfs manager at least a week before to amend the contract weight should Miyazaki be so overweight, since it was just a non-title bout. It wasnft a professional deed.


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