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Old 05-26-2012, 04:30 PM   #241
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His wife and two children also died at the scene. Absolutely terrible news.

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Old 05-26-2012, 04:31 PM   #242
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:34 PM   #243
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That's tragic.

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Old 06-16-2012, 10:24 AM   #244
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Any good news coming out of Asia these days?... love this thread...hope it keeps going...
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #245
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Any good news coming out of Asia these days?... love this thread...hope it keeps going...
Takashi Uchiyama defends his WBA Super-feather title against Michael Farenas next month..unfortunately, shit fight for Uchi

Dunno what the hell is happening with Nishioka

Yota Sato makes the first defense of his WBC Super-Flyweight title against Sylvester Lopez next month, should be a decent scrap.

Potential star of only 9 fights Kazuto Ioka fights Akira Yaegashi in a unification bout for the WBC, WBA Straweight titles
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:19 PM   #246
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Dunno what the hell is happening with Nishioka
Getting sidelined by Arum and Sillyman I suppose. His fault for not being Mexican so only himself to blame.
Seriously though, heard if he didn't get the fight with Donaire he was considering retirement.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:38 PM   #247
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My preview of the Ioka-Yaegashi fight:

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For the first time in history, two boxers from Japan will clash in an attempt to unify a division, as unbeaten superstar Kazuto Ioka, WBC minimumweight champion, takes on the hard punching claimant of the WBA crown, Akira Yaegashi.

Devoid of both talent and depth, the minimumweight division generally lacks the necessary ingredients to get the juices flowing for even the most ardent boxing fan outside of Latin America and Asia. Ioka-Yaegashi, however, is an exception to the norm and is arguably the biggest fight in the division since the rematch between Ricardo Lopez and Rosendo Alvarez back in 1998. Not only that, but it is just the third time in history that an attempt at unifying minimumweight will take place in the division’s 25 year existence.

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Kazuto Ioka, a prodigious talent since his amateur days, has had a mercurial rise since entering the paid ranks. From decisioning the world ranked and tricky Takashi Kunishige in his third match-up, winning national honours in his sixth outing and then capturing the WBC championship a fight later, the 23-year old has certainly had his lofty ambitions matched by a steep learning curve. When Ioka won the WBC title from the-then unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai, he achieved his main objective and surpassed the Japanese record shared between Nobuo Nashiro and Joichiro Tatsuyoshi for fewest bouts to a ‘world’ title.

The road to the top was not straight-forward, however. Initially starting out as a light flyweight, the Osaka native swiftly attained a high ranking with both recognised world governing bodies in Japan. Yet, despite this, landing a fight with one of the champions in the division proved futile. Hardened Mexican Omar Nino Romero was in advanced discussions to defend his title against Ioka, but unexpectedly dropped the WBC light flyweight title to the unheralded Gilberto Keb Baas. Negotiations then broke down with Baas’ representatives, leaving the Japanese speedster with very few options. Desperate to win a portion of the world crown within seven fights, Ioka and his team made a hazardous gamble in dropping down a weight division to challenge Oleydong Sithsamerchai.

Despite a struggle to make the weight, the gamble proved to be a masterstroke. One crunching left to the body in the fifth round rendered Oleydong defeated, whilst Ioka celebrated winning the WBC minimumweight belt, making Japanese boxing history and turning from an already popular figure in boxing to a megastar in his country. Perhaps most importantly, he could finally step out of his uncle Hiroki’s shadow.

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Although Ioka’s pathway to world glory was tricky, Akira Yaegashi’s was treacherous. A highly regarded amateur himself, Yaegashi’s career started remarkably similar to that of his rival, winning the OPBF crown five fights in to his pro career and stepping up for a crack at the WBC minimumweight title in his seventh fight.

In this case, that is where the similarities end.

His jaw broke as early as the second round, dropped in the tenth and thoroughly outclassed throughout, Yaegashi could only display heart and a solid boxing IQ in lasting the distance against Eagle Kyowa, the formidable champion at the time.

It took almost one year for the smiling assassin to return to action, recovering from an upset six-round majority decision loss against the late Masatate Tsuji to capturing and defending the Japanese title three times and amassing a credible 8-1 record since the loss to Kyowa. Deemed to be ready for another crack at world honours, the 29-year old was matched up with WBA champion Pornsawan Porpramook. In a thriller, Yaegashi pounded out a tenth round stoppage victory over the game, but ultimately outgunned Thailander to finally realise his dream of being ‘world’ champion.

Prediction for the fight

Both Ioka and Yaegashi like to bring the action, both can punch, and both can be dropped, which should be make for a highly entertaining encounter.

In the early stages, the contest is likely to be a battle of the jabs, a battle which Ioka should win due to his superior hand and foot speed. It should, however, develop into a war of attrition the further the contest goes on. Yaegashi has shown he can come through a gruelling battle before, something Ioka has yet to do in his nine fight career. If Yaegashi can escape the first six rounds without too much damage, he could press the action in the second half of the fight and cause the upset. It is also worth noting that Ioka was dropped late on in his contest with the rugged Heri Amol, so there is previous evidence that he is vulnerable the later the contest goes on.

Ioka has reportedly made the weight safely, which was a talking point beforehand due to his struggles in the past. Both men weighed in at the division limit of 105-pounds. Due to this, Ioka will more than likely go into the fight as a firm favourite against Yaegashi.

My prediction: Ioka to come through this test and stop Yaegashi in the middle rounds after a commanding performance.

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Old 06-19-2012, 05:03 PM   #248
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Ioka is coming down in weight for his last 3 or 4 fights and seems to have made the weight safely enough according to reports.

I fully expect Ioka to turn the business tomorrow.

Would love a showdown between him and Gonzalez at light fly.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:12 AM   #249
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:05 AM   #250
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Poor decision. I had Yaegashi winning 116-112.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:09 AM   #251
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Poor decision. I had Yaegashi winning 116-112.
Have to disagree. Thought that Ioka landed the cleaner shots. And his left jab was a killer all fight.
Yaegashi's guts and workrate made it close and competitive though. Judges had it spot on imo.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:11 AM   #252
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Poor decision. I had Yaegashi winning 116-112.

I had Ioka winning 115-114
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #253
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Fast-tracked prospect Yohei Tobe (4-0, 2KOs) will be challenging for the OPBF super flyweight title in his next fight against the reigning champion, Ryo Akaho! 24-year old Tobe already holds a win over former OPBF champion Kohei Kono, but Akaho (18-0-2, 11KOs) could - and should - prove to be his toughest test yet.
For such an inexperienced fighter Tobe's level of competition is very impressive.

Tobe is the future?!


Ryo "The Japanese Nonito Donaire" Akaho says: "HELL NO!!!"
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #254
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Takashi Uchiyama vs Bryan Vasquez
Yota Sato vs Ryo Akaho
Tepparith Kokietgym vs Kohei Kono
Ryo Miyazaki vs Pornsawan Porpramok

Four 'world' title fights, all taking place on December 31st.

Nice
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That's a day in front of the Laptop for me then .
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