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Uchiyama KOs Parra in 5, Solis upsets Kono
Incumbent Japanese world titleholders split a pair of bouts to Venezuelan challengers on Monday night, as junior lightweight titleholder Takashi Uchiyama retained his belt by TKO, while Kohei Kono lost his super flyweight title by decision.
Incumbent Japanese world titleholders split a pair of bouts to Venezuelan challengers on Monday night, as WBA junior lightweight titleholder Takashi Uchiyama retained his belt with a fifth-round technical knockout over Jaider Parra, while Kohei Kono dropped the WBA junior bantamweight title to Liborio Solis by a majority decision at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 knockouts) of Tokyo, had no issues dealing with the previously-unbeaten Parra (20-1-1, 10 KOs) of Maracay, Venezuela, mugging the challenger before dropping him with a body shot for the count at the 2:15 mark. Uchiyama, 33, has now made seven successful defenses of the title he won with a twelfth-round TKO of Juan Carlos Salgado in 2010, with a technical draw against Michael Farenas last July being the lone blemish on his record.
Uchiyama remains the No. 1 ranked contender at 130 pounds by THE RING, one slot above the more popular Yuriorkis Gamboa.
The co-featured bout between Kono (28-8, 11 KOs) and Solis (15-3-1, 7 KOs) was far more competitive, as both men rose off the canvas in desperate bids to leave the building with a portion of the 115-pound title. Solis, who like Parra also hails from Maracay, was dropped early in Round 2 by a right hand before returning the favor to Kono, of Tokyo, in Round 8 with a left hook.
After twelve rounds, one judge scored the bout even at 113-113, while the remaining two turned in scores of 114-112 and 115-111 for Solis. Kono, who entered the bout ranked No. 6 by THE RING at 115 pounds, loses in his first defense while Solis wins his sixth straight fight since incurring back-to-back decision losses in 2010-2011.
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