By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
WBC#12 flyweight, Filipino puncher Rey Migreno (20-20-3, 17 KOs), 113.75, proved a really late bloomer as he, despite such a mediocre credentials, defeated WBC#15 ranked local favorite Myungho Lee (16-4, 5 KOs), 113.75, an upright speedster, by a unanimous decision (77-73, 76-74 and 78-73) over eight hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Migreno had inflicted a shocking third-round TKO on ex-world champ Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Thailand in November 2011, which put him into the WBC top fifteen to his credit. Though it was regarded just as a fluke, Migreno stunned the Japanese crowd with his quick demolition of former kick-boxing champ and unbeaten prospect Kenji Kubo in three short rounds this January.
Migreno, a wild banger, dropped Lee once in the first and twice more in the second, winning five points in the first six minutes. Lee, a Japan-born Korean, had dropped a hairline majority decision (96-94 twice and 95-95) to ex-champ Edgar Sosa in Mexico last October, and entered the WBC ratings thanks to his fine performance there. Lee, from the third on, made good use of his speed on hand and foot, whipping the strong but slower Filipino despite suffering a bad gash over the left eyebrow. His continual retaliation wasn’t enough to overcome his early deficits on points, though it was such a sizzling give-and-take affair.
In the main event, OPBF female superfly champ, WBC#13 Tomoko Kawanishi (8-1, 4 KOs), 114.25, impressively kept her newly acquired belt by blasting out previously unbeaten Tamao Ozawa (5-1, 2 KOs), 114.5, in just 1:51 of the opening session in a scheduled eight. Kawanishi, a lanky boxer-puncher, dropped her challenger with a beautiful left hook and sent her back to the canvas with a vicious right, which prompted the ref to declare a halt just at her second visit to the deck. Kawanishi, standing at 5’7”, wishes to have an ambitious shot at the WBC 115-pound belt against Zulina Munoz in Mexico.
Formerly six-time amateur champ Sho Nakazawa, 121.5, made his fine pro debut as he completely flattened Thailander Dejchai Bovi-Gym (7-6-1, 1 KO), 118.75, at 1:40 of the opening session in a scheduled six. Despite his failure to attend the Olympic Games in London, Nakazawa turned professional to try his fists under the management of Osaka Teiken Gym. Nakazawa swarmed over the game Thailander from the outset and quickly dropped him with a lifting left hook. The prospect again exploded a vicious left hook to send him to dreamland. With more flexibility and finesse Nakazawa will zoom up in the 122-pound category soon.
Unbeaten prospect Ryuto Kyoguchi (10-0-1, 7 KOs), 129.25, was held to a split draw (77-76, 76-77 and 77-77) by OPBF#10 Filipino Adonis Aguelo (20-8-2, 12 KOs), 128.25, over hard-fought eight. Kyoguchi, ex-winner of Novice King national four-round tournaments, had tough time coping with Aguelo’s constant pressure, but almost stunned the game Filipino with a countering right uppercut in the closing seconds of the fourth. Aguelo, who previously defeated unbeaten Sho Arai in Tokyo, was slowing down in later rounds to lose his early lead on points.
Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.