MIURA, GONZALEZ KEEP WBC BELTS


November 22, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped official challenger Edgar Puerta (23-5-1, 19 KOs), 128.75, in the opening session, kept battering the game Mexican and finally halted him with the refereefs intervention at 2:15 of the sixth round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Also, unbeaten three-time world champ Roman Gonzalez (41-0, 35 KOs), 112, from Nicaragua, successfully made his initial defense of the WBC flyweight throne as he lopsidedly pummeled Filipino Rocky Fuentes (35-8-2, 21 KOs), 111, into submission at 2:11 of the sixth round just after he sent him to the deck with merciless combinations upstairs and downstairs.

Puerta, a taller ex-WBC Silver 130-pound champ, showed a very good opening attack until Miura, making his third defense, connected with a solid southpaw left that had him sprawling to the canvas. The Mexican, in round two, remained aggressive with sharp and strong combos to the left champ, who covered himself up and effectively retaliated with a left at a time. The third saw Miura turn loose with his trade-mark southpaw lefts and newly developed right leathers and take back the initiative from the Mexican early starter. Puerta, in the fourth, sustained a cut over the left eyebrow caused by the champfs legal shots.

After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated that Miura was leading on points: 39-36 twice and 40-35.

Miura, two years his junior at 30, effectively aimed at the breadbasket and his body bombardments obviously slowed down the game and gallant Mexican as the contest progressed. He also dominated the fifth with Puerta fading and retreating to take the distance from the pugnacious champ. It was Miura that caught Puerta with a smashing left that had almost stunned the bloodied challenger and accelerated his attack to finish him with a fusillade of punches. Then, the referee from Italy, Massimo Barrovecchio wisely declared a halt to save the helpless loser from further punishment, although some blood-thirsty spectators wished to watch Miurafs clearer finish.

The tallies before the stoppage were as follows: Don Griffin (US) and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) both 49-45, Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand) 50-45, all in the powerful champfs favor.

The dejected loser Puerta said, gMiura was much stronger than I expected. His power was great and I was thoroughly beaten.h Miura jubilantly reviewed his fine victory, saying, gI wished to show more out of my improvement, but I could display some of it and am happy to keep my belt.h He may be called gMexican killerh as he defeated the four strong Mexicans in a row?once in the rivalfs home-turf Cancun.

gChocolatitoh Gonzalez, still 27, proved too strong for the former OPBF champ Fuentes, who had beaten five Japanese challengers such as Ikehara, Aritomi, Mukai, Lee and Nasu to show his tenacity and toughness before our aficionados. From the outset Fuentes recklessly attempted to swarm over the champ, who coolly responded with a fewer but more accurate combinations to take the first round. The second saw Fuentes, 28, still so busy that he positively threw long rights and left hooks to the peek-a-boo stylist, who retaliated with more effective combos to the aggressor to bring home another point.

Their hot exchange of punches went on with Fuentes attacking first and Gonzalez counterpunching back with precision. Fuentes, in round three, scored with a big overhand right that temporarily befuddled Chocolatito, who, however, kept his composure and displayed good retaliation to hurt Filipino Rocky with short combinations to the face and the midsection.

After the fourth, the interim tallies were announced as: all 39-37 in the Nicaraguanfs favor.

The fifth was also taken by Chocolatito who apparently solved Rockyfs strategy and effectively battered him with solid body shots that deprived him of his energy. As Fuentes became slowing down in the sixth, it was Gonzalez that turned loose and connected with incessant combinations to the face and to the belly, dropping the game challenger face first to the deck. Rocky very barely regained his feet, and gamely resumed fighting to show his willingness to go on.

But it was a right time that Canadian referee Len Koivisto waved it off to halt Chocolatitofs onslaught to the badly fading loser. Prior to the well-timed stoppage, all the judges (don Griffin, Anek Hongtongkam, and Jun-Bae Lim) identically scored it one-sidedly 49-46 for the unbeaten titlist who looked as strong as he dethroned Japanfs Akira Yaegashi in nine hard-fought rounds only two months and a half before.

Roman said, gIfm satisfied with my triumph here for Nicaraguan and Japanese fans as well. I wish to go on fighting here in Japan and meet either Naoya Inoue or Kazuto Ioka in the nearest future.h The good loser Fuentes described the champfs strength, saying, gGonzalez was simply too strong, fast and accurate. He was too much for me.h Fuentes lost to Amnat Ruenroeng in the IBF flyweight elimination bout for the vacant championship, losing a very close verdict in Thailand this January, and in his next bout he had another crack at the WBC belt, losing to such a formidable champ as Chocolatito. But Filipino Rocky showed his heart to win the praise of the crowd.

On the undercard, ex-OPBF super-fly titlist and currently WBC#9 bantam, Ryo Akaho (25-1-2, 17 KOs), 117.75, chalked up a fine knockout over Mexican Antonio Garcia (14-4, 6 KOs), 117, decking him three times at 2:32 of the fourth session in a scheduled ten.

Promoter: Akihiko Hondafs Teiken Promotions.

WBC supervisor: Robert Lenhardt (Canada).

(11-22-2014)


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