By Joe Koizumi
WBO#5 Riku Kano (15-3, 7 KOs), 112, impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific flyweight belt as he outhustled compatriot Yuga Inoue (13-3-1, 2 KOs), 112, to earn a detailed however unanimous resolution (116-112, 115-113 twice) in a scorching see-saw twelve-rounder on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. The sellout crowd watched the tide busily delivering each spherical with Kano scoring with southpaw proper hooks and Inoue connecting with gentle however quick mixtures. But it surely was Kano that dominated the championship rounds and carried himself to a precious triumph. Kano, beforehand WBO AP 108-pound ruler, gained his second regional belt in his second class to his credit score. It was such a hard-fought affair to be known as Struggle of the Month.
Within the semi-windup, IBF#8 junior bantam Sho Ishida (31-3, 16 KOs), saved whipping Filipino Alvin Medura (10-7, 7 KOs), 118, to attain a unanimous resolution (identically 80-71) over eight. Ishida had him on the deck with stable mixtures in spherical two.
Promoter: Taisei Promotions.