By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super champ in the light-fly category, Roman Gonzalez (37-0, 31 KOs), 113, exploded his power punches in lopsidedly battering world-rated Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-7-1, 23 KOs), 113, en route to a well-received stoppage at 0:27 into the second session in a scheduled ten on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. This non-title go was witnessed by the well-packed crowd at Ryogoku Sumo Arena, where people appreciated Chocolatito’s superior power and precision beneath the WBC bantamweight title bout between Shinsuke Yamanaka and Alberto Guevara.
Formerly two-division champ, Japan-based Venezuelan Jorge Linares (35-3, 23 KOs), 136, displayed a beautiful one-punch demolition of Francisco Contreras (21-4, 16 KOs), 135.75, Dominican Republic, at 3:08 of the opening session in a scheduled ten. Linares looked patient against the aggressive opponent, covering up well and looking for openings to score an effective counter. It landed at the button of the taller rival, who fell prone for the full count.
The first ten-rounder witnessed former two-time world champ Takahiro Ao (25-3-1, 12 KOs), 137, score a fine knockout over Mexican Edgar Lomeli (14-4-2, 8 KOs), 136.5, by badly dropping him twice with a southpaw left at first and with a vicious right hook at 3:03 of the first round.
(More to come)