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Ex-2-weight world champ Kyoguchi decisioned by Paras in nontitle fight in S. Korea

May 12, 2024 9:43 am

  Former two-weight world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi of Watanabe Boxing Gym dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to the International Boxing Federation’s 10th-ranked flyweight Vince Paras of the Philippines in a flyweight nontitle fight in Incheon, northwestern South Korea, on May 11.

Kyoguchi (R) loses

  While there were no knockdowns in the fight held at Paradise City Grand Ball Room, the 30-year-old Kyoguchi, who won a lopsided decision over the 25-year-old Paras six years ago, lost by 2 to 4 points on judges’ scorecards, although it appeared Kyoguchi was ahead on points.

  With the loss, Kyoguchi, ranked second in the flyweight division by the World Boxing Association, now has a record of 18 wins, including 12 knockouts, against two losses. For his part, Paras improved his record to 21 wins, 15 by knockout, against two losses and a draw.

Takesako (R) loses bout

  Meanwhile, Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako of World Sports Boxing Gym failed in his first defense of the title he won last October as he suffered a 12-round split decision loss to fifth-ranked Tej Pratap Singh of Australia as the chief supporting card of the event.

  While one of the three judges scored the fight for Takesako by 2 points, the other two saw Singh ahead by 4 points, respectively. There were no knockdowns in the fight.

  The left-handed Singh piled up points with his aggressive boxing during the early and middle part of the fight. Though Takesako pressed forward from around the ninth round, he failed to land decisive blows.

  It was the 32-year-old Takesako’s second defeat in his career and now has a record of 16 wins, including 15 KOs, against two losses and a draw, while the left-handed Pratap, 37, now has a 19-7-3 win-loss-draw tally with eight KOs.

Taniguchi comes out winner

  In the light-flyweight eight-rounder, former World Boxing Organization minimumweight champion Masataka Taniguchi of Watanabe gym stopped Jaysever Abcede of the Philippines in the fifth round for his second straight victory since losing his title to Melvin Jerusalem of the Philippines in January last year.

 The left-handed Taniguchi floored Abcede with a straight left after working his body in the round. While Abcede, also a southpaw, struggled to his feet, Taniguchi decked him again quickly, prompting the referee to stop the fight 1 minute and 14 seconds into the round.

  With the victory, Taniguchi, 30, now has a record of 18 wins, 12 by KO, against four defeats, while Abcede, 29, fell to a 22-14 win-loss tally with 13 KOs.

  The day’s event was promoted by Treasure Boxing Promotion (TBP) led by former World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion Masayuki Ito.

PHOTO By Treasure Boxing Promotion

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