May 6, 2016


What happened to the Japanese boxing world? Our formidable champs recently suffered bad fortune so that previously unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama was so quickly dethroned by unheralded Panamanian Jezreel Corrales in just two rounds and also undefeated Shinsuke Yamanaka was surprisingly dropped twice by Venezuelan underdog Liborio Solis despite his eventual triumph.

We bitterly remember the gAvalanche Phenomenonh in 1971, when we had five world champions, three of whom forfeited their titles in succession: Hiroshi Kobayashi by Alfredo Marcano, Shozo Saijo by Antonio Gomez and Yoshiaki Numata by Ricardo Arredondo. It was flyweight star Masao Ohba that halted the bad chain reaction by defeating Fernando Cabanela on points in October that year.

We wonder why Mexican boxers always look so confident and eloquent at press conferences here in Japan. David Carmona, at the press conference on Friday, strongly said, gIfll dethrone Inoue to bring the belt to Mexico. Through my sixteen-year career this is the most important opportunity for me, and I will make my dream come true. This is the third time for me to fight for the world championship. In the first title bout I lost (to Omar Narvaez), in the second I drew (with Warlito Parenas) and in the third Ifll win. Third time does the trick.h Naoya Inoue, the defending WBO 115-pound titlist, wasnft so eloquent as Carmona, and stayed soft-spoken, only saying, gI wish to show a good performance to defend my belt.h

Another Mexican Martin Tecuapetla also spoke much more than the IBF 108-pound ruler Akira Yaegashi, saying, gWithout winning, I wonft be able to enter my home in Mexico. Yaegashi is a courageous and tough champion, but Ifm younger and fresher, and Ifll be the winner.h

We only donft wish to watch a second coming of the infamous Avalanche Phenomenon in 45 years.

The WBO president Francisco Paco Valcarcel was in attendance to see the mandatory title bout as special guest.


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