Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Naoki Fukuda
A WBC world title tripleheader will be today’s attraction to have our Japanese aficionados pay great attentions to. The headliner of this show, presented by Teiken Promotions, is WBC bantam ruler, unbeaten southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (17-0-2, 12 KOs) who will risk his belt against ex-WBC flyweight ruler Malcolm Tunacao (32-2-3, 20 KOs), a Japan-based Filipino lefthander, over twelve frames. WBC flyweight champ, ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (17-1-1, 10 KOs) will take on former WBA minimum titlist Akira Yaegashi (16-3, 9 KOs) with his belt on the line. The first world title go will be competed by newly crowned WBC super-feather ruler Gamaliel Diaz (37-9-2, 17 KOs), a Mexican veteran, and Japanese challenger Takashi Miura (24-2-2, 18 KOs). The deluxe event will take place at Ryogoku Sumo Arena, the capacity of which is 11,098.
The officials are as follows:
Referee Michael Griffin (Canada); judges Gale Van Hoy, Duane Ford (both US), Jaebong Kim (Korea).
Referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines); judges Duan Ford, Hubert Minn, Steve Morrow (all US)
Referee Laurence Cole (US); judges Hubert Minn, Steve Morrow (both US), Bruce McTavish (Philippines).
The WBC supervisors are: Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico) and Mike George (US).
The results of the weigh-in ceremony are as follows:
Yamanaka and Tunacao both 118 (class limit);
Igarashi 112, Yaegashi 111.75
Diaz and Miura both 130 (class limit).
There were neither a Jose Luis Castillo nor a Brandon Rios as all of them passed the weigh-in at the first trip to the scale. The weigh-in itself finished in just ten minutes from 1 pm.
We are looking forward to watching good fights tonight.