November 22, 2014
A couple of WBC world title bouts will take place in Japan today (Saturday), and fight fans here pay great attentions to highly anticipated results by knockouts. WBC super-featherweight champ, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs) will risk his belt against official challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19 KOs) from Mexico in the main event at Yokohama Swimming Pool. The first tittle go will be competed by unbeaten defending titlist Roman gChocolatitoh Gonzalez (40-0, 34 KOs) and Filipino challenger Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20 KOs) over twelve rounds.
The weigh-in was held yesterday, when the processing by Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) was so smooth that the four contestants took just five minutes in total to successfully finish scaling within the limit: Miura 130, Puerta 128.75, Gonzalez 112 and Fuentes 111.
The WBC officials are as follows:
Referee Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy); judges Don Griffin (US), Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand) and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea); supervisor for both bouts Robert Lenhardt (Canada).
Referee Len Koivisto (Canada); judges, same as in the main event.
Miura is called gMexican killerh since he has been invicto (undefeated) against Mexican hombres, having beaten three Mexicans in a row with his belt at stake?Gamaliel Diaz (TKO9), Sergio Thompson (W12 in Cancun, Mexico) and Dante Jardon (TKO9)?to his credit. Puerta acquired the vacant WBC silver 130-pound belt via eighth-round knockout over Carlos Cardenas in 2012 and kept it once by halting Abraham Rodriguez in eight heats in the previous year. The Mexican loves swapping punches in the close quarter, and it will be a hot competition of the hard-punchers which may not go the distance.
Chocolatito captured his third world throne as he impressively dismantled defending champ Akira Yaegashi in nine hard-fought rounds this September and will welcome his initial defense in only two months and a half since. He gained the three crowns all in Japan under his promotional agreement with Teiken Promotions. Fuentes, formerly OPBF 112-pound champ, had defeated all Japanese challengers to show his strength and durability to raise his reputation here.
We look forward to watching the doubleheader presented by Teiken Promotions with our great interests.
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