Japan’s Masataka Taniguchi surrendered the World Boxing Organization minimumweight title to Filipino challenger Melvin Jerusalem via a second-round technical knockout on Friday.
Taniguchi, 28, in his second title defense, struggled to get his feet back after Jerusalem sent him to the canvas with a brutal left-right combination, prompting the referee to end the match at Edion Arena Osaka. bottom.
The loss left Taniguchi with 16 wins and 4 losses, including 11 by knockout, but the new champion improved to 20-2 with 12 KOs.
Taniguchi said, “I don’t remember how the match was, but I beat him without conceding a goal. It was naive to receive such punches.”
Japan’s Masataka Taniguchi (front) loses to Melvin Jerusalem of the Philippines in a World Boxing Organization minimumweight title match held at Edion Arena Osaka on January 6, 2023. (Joint)
Early in the world title doubleheader, Japan’s Ginjiro Shigeoka fails to claim the International Boxing Federation Minimum Crown from Mexico’s Daniel Valladares when the fight is declared a no-contest due to an accidental headbutt. was.
Japan’s Ginjiro Shigeoka (right) punches Mexico’s Daniel Valladares during the first round of the International Boxing Federation’s minimumweight title match at Edion Arena Osaka on January 6, 2023. (Kyodo)
Valladares (26-3-1, 15 KOs) looked badly injured and was unable to continue after the pair severely banged their heads midway through the third round, but was forced to give up the belt under IBF rules. kept.
“It was an unlikely ending,” said 23-year-old Shigeoka (8-0, 6 KOs), who was making her first bid for a world title. I felt like I could win… I want to fight again soon.”
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