February 7, 2016


IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the comeback trail as he proved too sharp and swift for game Filipino southpaw Dennis Tubieron (19-7-2, 8 KOs), 123.75, and finally sank him in agony for the count at 1:42 of the seventh session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Having been annihilated in quest of the interim IBF bantam diadem by Lee Haskins in Bristol UK last June, the Japanese prospect made up his mind to move up to the 122-pound category and scored a first win over Filipino Marlon Arcilla by a technical verdict in November. Ryosuke, 26, looked faster and more accurate than previously and swept all rounds from the outset, constantly displaying crisp jabs and right-left combos followed by solid uppercuts to the belly. Once world rated briefly, Dennis came out swinging and stalking his foe, but it's Iwasa that connected with more effective combinations and obviously hurt him with precision.

A trick happened when Iwasa landed a vicious left uppercut to the liver, which dispatched him prone for the full count. Iwasa, formerly national high school champ, suffered a couple of bitter defeats by such southpaws as future world titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka via tenth round stoppage in 2011 and Haskins last year. Iwasa, however, proved that he's not so poor at coping with a lefty rival any longer.

It was surprising that 40-year-old former OPBF 140-pound and 147-pound titlist Motoki Sasaki (40-10-1, 25 KOs), 139, returned to ring warfare and scored a fine stoppage over Tatsuya Miyazaki (8-8-1, 8 KOs), 139.75, at 2:31 of the sixth stanza in a scheduled eight. The cagey veteran looked sharper than expected.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.


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