Fans from around the globe share their thoughts on Guillermo Rigondeaux, Naoya Inoue, Takashi Uchiyama and the stacked Japanese shows they fought on last week, as well as Freddie Roach’s place among the great trainers, and some meaty mythical matchups, in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Photos from Japan of the New Year’s Eve card featuring three exciting title bouts: Takashi Uchiyama-Israel Perez, Ryoichi Taguchi-Alberto Rossel and Kohei Kono-Norberto Jimenez.
In a grinding and entertaining bout, Japanese junior lightweight Takashi Uchiyama kept his WBA belt with a superb display of skills and power against Argentina’s Israel Perez.
Argentine veteran Israel Perez is motivated to beat THE RING’s No. 1-rated junior lightweight Takashi Uchiyama, for the Japanese standout’s WBA title, in Tokyo on Wednesday, especially after his respected countryman Omar Narvaez was stopped by Nayoya Inoue on Tuesday.
Although there was not a lot of action this past week, THE RING Ratings Panel made some significant changes to the junior lightweight rankings, which experienced a shake-up thanks to the advancement of beltholders Rances Barthelemy and Takashi Miura.
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.
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.