KANEKO STOPS FILIPINO ESPINO


August 2, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Having dropped unbeaten WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama despite a defeat on points in a quest for the belt last December, highly expected super-feather Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14 KOs) showed his strength in halting a game Filipino Cirilo Espino (19-14-3, 12 KOs) at 1:10 of the fourth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko, an upright stylist, sank the shorter infighter on the deck with a well-timed right uppercut midway in round three, though the Filipino beat the count and resumed fighting positively. In the fatal fourth Kanekofs overhand right connected with the optic of Espino, who claimed that his vision wasnft clear and complete. The ref declared a halt to save the quitter from further punishment.

Ex-world super-fly challenger, now campaigning as a bantam, Ryo Akaho (24-1-2, 16 KOs) lopsidedly defeated ex-Japanese 122-pound ruler Masaaki Serie (25-6, 10 KOs) by a unanimous decision (97-93 twice, 97-94) over ten disappointedly lousy rounds. Though highly expected, the sensational encounter resulted in a farce or a foul-studded pier six brawl with too many clinches that stunned the crowd with its least sophistication. It might have been a mistake of Serie that he had accepted this bout at the 118-pound stipulated weight, which deprived him of zip and energy out of the legitimated 122-pounder. Akaho kept swinging too wildly to catch the target with precision only to hit the air time and again. Both of them were really disappointments to the spectators.

Promoter: Yokohama Hikari Promotions.

(8-2-2014)


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