December 18, 2016
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6 KOs), 126, acquired the vacant WBC youth featherweight belt as he utilized his faster footwork all night to outscore free-swinging Filipino Markquil Salvana (11-3, 5 KOs), 126, by a unanimous decision (97-92, 95-93 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Uehara, 21, is a well-educated pupil by Apollo Yoshio who had failed to win the world 130-pound belt three times from Rene Arredondo (L15), Ben Villaflor (D15) and Samuel Serrano (L15) in between 1973 and 1977. Salvana, 20, throwing a roundhouse swing at a time without good precision, Uehara patiently kept moving side-to-side scoring with quick combinations to the onrushing Filipino to pile up more points. Salvana was penalized a point because of holding repeatedly.
Fast-rising female puncher Akari Arase, 105.5, kept punching from the first to the last session, scoring a lopsided decision (all 60-54) over OPBF#4 108-pounder Krikanok Islandmuaythai, a Thai veteran, over six rounds. Having won five in a row, Arase will merit an OPBF rating thanks to this important victory.
Promoter: Apollo Promotions.
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