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Daigo Higa is a name you’ll want to remember. The undefeated 22-year-old improved to 15-0 (15 KOs) with a devastating stoppage of Moises Fuentes in just 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

Although Fuentes came into the fight having lost two of his last three fights, he avenged one of those defeats and had never been dominated in this fashion. The shorter Higa stunned him with a short right hook at the 1:15 mark. Fuentes was trapped on the ropes and absorbed several more right and left hooks before getting put down by a straight right to the body. He appeared to beat the count, but the referee waived off the contest amidst Fuentes’s protests.

Higa’s 15th straight knockout ties a national record for Japanese fighters. In addition, the win marks the second successful defense of his WBC World flyweight title. Fuentes falls to 25-5-1, having lost three of his last four bouts dating back to December 2016.



TOKYO — Takashi Uchiyama’s status as the premier fighter in¬†at super featherweight was extinguished in two rounds at the hands of unheralded Jezreel Corrales, who used speed and switch-hitting counter shots to score¬†the 2016’s¬†biggest boxing upset to date.

From the first punch, Uchiyama looked ill-equipped to handle Corrales’ speed. The 24 year-old¬†Panamanian challenger stung Uchiyama with southpaw lefts in the opening minute, eliciting concerned murmurs from the champion’s countrymen. Corrales¬†disrupted Uchiyama’s offense¬†by¬†periodically switching between southpaw and orthodox —¬†in the last minute, he succeeded in wobbling Uchiyama¬†with an overhand right.

Round two was a complete whitewash. Uchiyama first hit the canvas from a counter left hook. It took Uchiyama two tries to get upright, and a succession of Corrales hooks created a second knockdown moments later. Uchiyama nearly  escaped the round, but got caught backing up by a right hook that forced the stoppage.

The shocking upset comes as the 36-year-old Uchiyama was rumored to be in negotiations to make his U.S. debut against Javier Fortuna. The loss is Uchiyama’s first defeat and ends his six year WBA title reign at 11 defenses.



KYOTO, JAPAN — Ganigan Lopez laid claim to his first world title by defeating Yu Kimura for the WBC world light flyweight title.

Lopez, who failed in a world title bid against Pedro Guevara last July, proved to be a predatory challenger in keeping constant pressure while maintaining versatility to outbox Kimura at mid-range.

Kimura, making his first defense since lifting the belt from Guevara in November, never managed to get into an offensive groove and found himself outlanded 3-1 in most exchanges.

Judge Juan Carlos Pelayo scored the fight even (114-114). He was overruled by Cathy Leonard and Gary Ritter, who had it 119-109 and 118-110, respectively.





KYOTO, JAPAN — Shinsuke Yamanaka survived two third round knockdowns and scored two of his own against Liborio Solis to win a unanimous decision in his 10th defense of the WBC bantamweight title.

Yamanaka secured the first knockdown via a counter right hook. Solis wasn’t seriously hurt and continued a relentless pursuit that would continue the entire night.

Yamanaka got in serious trouble in round three after being floored by a straight right. Solis poured on the pressure and had Yamanaka pinned on the ropes several times before the champion rebounded by scoring southpaw straight lefts at mid-range. But Solis ended the round strong by flooring  Yamanaka again on a right hand counter.

That round was Solis’ apex as Yamanaka made the rest of the bout a counter-punching battle. The champion adjusted by incorporating short right hooks, upper body movement and clinching to nullify Solis’ wild but dangerous haymaker shots. Yamanaka took complete control by catching Solis with a 1-2 for the bout’s fourth knockdown in the ninth.

Solis never stopped coming forward, but failed to land the home run shot needed to overcome the scorecards.

The judges were unanimous in their verdict of 117-107.



TOKYO, Japan — Takashi Uchiyama’s (23-0, 19 KOs) dominance of the super featherweight division continued Wednesday with a second round knockout of previously undefeated Jomthong Chuwatana (9-1, 4 KOs).

Uchiyama’s straight right hurt Chuwatana in the first, but the Thai challenger used good defense and counter-punching to prevent a follow-up shot despite losing the round.

He would not be so fortunate in the second round.

Uchiyama feinted a left jab, causing the southpaw Chuwatana to duck to his left and head-on into a powerful right cross.

Chuwatana toppled backward in slow motion and laid motionless, prompting referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. to cut the count short and award a technical knockout.

Uchiyama’s win was his 10th successful WBA title defense since¬†2010. The win opens the door for a potential rematch with WBC title-holder Takashi Miura, who scored his own devastating KO last Friday over Billy Dib. Uchiyama won a eighth round corner stoppage over Miuira in 2011.


[Video] Axel F. (JRocc&MED) – “Searching”

Posted: January 19, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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J. Rocc and MED are AXEL F., and the duo has released their latest video today entitled “Searching.” Filmed with old-school, home video effects on the streets of Japan by J. Rocc, “Searching” finds the group meeting fans and experiencing city life in the Far East. If you’re feeling this, make sure to cop AXEL F’s full length project Theme Music. The album is also available as an instrumental on special cassette and digital versions.


OSAKA, Japan — Guillermo Rigondeaux¬†closed out 2014 with¬†hard-earned 11th round stoppage over Hisashi¬†Amagasa earlier today at the Bodymaker Colosseum.

Rigondeaux¬†promised a fight filled with “explosive¬†fireworks” and did his best to deliver by taking the lead and stalking his bigger opponent. Amagasa, a natural featherweight who moved down for this bout, enjoyed a 6 1/2 inch height advantage that forced Rigondeaux¬†to take offensive risks to get inside. For the most part, Amagasa¬†was too slow to time him. By the fifth, Rigondeaux was getting full leverage on his overhand lefts and eyeing a stoppage.

Amagasa got on board by catching Rigondeaux off-balance with a short right for a seventh-round flash knockdown. Rigondeau tried to hold, but his larger foe was able to break free and crash home more clubbing rights that stunned the champion and resulted in a second knockdown that questionable due to a push.

Amagasa¬†became the aggressor in the eighth, but that left him vulnerable to Rigondeaux’s counter-punching. The Cuban technician took control by landing hard straight lefts and dropping Amagasa¬†in the 10th.Through bad swelling on his jaw and right eye, Amagasa made a last stand in the 11th but couldn’t answer the bell for the final round.

The win was Rigondeaux’s¬†third defense on the unified WBA¬†and WBO¬†super bantamweight titles.