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World title twinbill in Japan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), Japan, will make his fifth defense against Filipino southpaw Michael Farenas (34-3-3, 26 KOs) in his native place Saitama (adjacent prefecture to Tokyo) tomorrow (Monday, our national holiday). Though Farenas is a hard-punching prospect, Uchiyama scored five consecutive KO victories since his title-winning performance against the current IBF ruler Juan Carlos Salgado in January 2010. Also, WBC flyweight ruler Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 24 KOs), a free-swinging Filipino banger, will put his newly acquired belt against official challenger Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), a taller ex-Olympian of Japan, on the same bill. For Jaro, it will be his initial defense since he stunned the boxing world by his really unexpected coronation on a sixth-round demolition of formidable titlist Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Thailand this March.

Today there was a weigh-in ceremony at the Korakuen Restaurant, where all the contestants in the main events scaled in at the limit—Uchiyama and Farenas at 130 pounds, while Jaro and Igarashi 112. Only Jaro took an hour and a half to reduce 500 grams (one pound and a quarter) to make the class limit.




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