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RingTv image Ioka, Uchiyama, Miura retain titles in Japan; Miyazaki upset

Ioka, Uchiyama, Miura retain titles in Japan; Miyazaki upset

Japan’s best talents rang in the New Year on separate cards on opposite ends of the country. WBA junior lightweight titleholder Takashi Uchiyama scored a unanimous decision over Daiki Kaneko and WBC 130-pound titleholder Takashi Miura stopped Dante Jardon in the ninth round in Tokyo. WBA junior flyweight titleholder Kazuto Ioka outpointed Felix Alvarado in Osaka.

RingTv image Japan rings in New Year with Uchiyama, Ioka defenses

Japan rings in New Year with Uchiyama, Ioka defenses

While much of the world will spend their New Year’s Eve watching the ball drop in Times Square or catching a local fireworks display, Japan continues a yearly tradition of having its best fighters defend their world titles in dueling events on opposite ends of the country.

RingTv image Ring Ratings Update: Japanese stars make moves

Ring Ratings Update: Japanese stars make moves

This week is a quiet one in North America and Europe, but in Japan, where two major boxing cards took place on New Year’s Eve, many RING-ranked lighter-weight standouts — including Takashi Uchiyama and Kazuto Ioka — were in action.