TAGUCHI KEEPS WBA 108LB BELT BY HALTING LANDAETA


April 27, 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN

WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 107.75, successfully kept his belt when he dropped Venezuelan veteran southpaw Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-2, 21 KOs), 108, five times and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The shaven-skulled 36-year-old Venezuelan hit the deck twice in the ninth, once in the tenth and twice more in the fatal eleventh, but whenever he was floored, he showed his heart and stood up to resume fighting. But his corner didn't allow him to go on after the lopsided eleventh. Taguchi, making his third defense, had the upper hand and kept whipping the lefty challenger all the way despite Landaetafs occasional retaliation. The lanky speedster Taguchi, 29, thus registered all three defenses by knockouts to show his improvement.

Before the stoppage, all the officials identically had Taguchi leading on points: 108-96 by Robert Hoyle (US), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Byunmu Kim (Korea). The patient referee was Hubert Earle (Canada).

Watanabe Promotions.

(4-27-2016)


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