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Murata Defends with Eight Rounds Stoppage  Rosales Beats Stripped Higa to Claim

Vacant WBC Flyweight Belt!

By: Hideaki Fukada

April 15th, Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan: In the main event of a Akihiko Honda Teiken Promotion Tokyo, broadcast on a special edition of ESPN, Tokyo, Japan’s Ryota Murata made the first defense of his WBA Middleweight Title hunting down and stopping Roma, Lazio, Italy’s, Emanuele “Sioux” Blandamura in eight rounds.


The 32 year old, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Murata having claimed the WBA strap in an immediate rematch with France’s Hassan N’Dam in October would leave no doubt pressuring and hunting down the 38 year old, the mostly defensive light handed Blandamura landing to the body and head established his right hand early picking his shots finally bringing the inevitable to the forefront catching the high guarded “Sioux” with a series of shots decorated by heavy overhand right dropping the overmatched challenger along the ropes prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to correctly wave it over at 2:56 of the eighth round. Murata improves to 14-1, 11Ko’s while Blandamura falls to 27-3, 5Ko’s.

In the co-feature Managua, Nicaragua’s, Cristofer “El Látigo” Rosales took claim of the vacant WBC Flyweight title scoring a ninth round TKO stoppage of Japan's stripped over the limit former champion Daigo Higa.


Rosales on the attack early worked Higa to the body and head relentlessly battering the former 22-year-old champion up and down finally persuading Higa’s corner they had seen enough calling for a stop to the punishment convincing referee Thomas Taylor to stop the bout at 1:42 of round nine. Open scoring going into round nine had Rosales ahead 79-73 and 77-75 with the third judge seeing it even at 76-76. The 23-year-old Rosales with losses to Khalid Yafai, Andrew Selby and Keyvin Lara back in his third pro bout improves to 27-3, 18Ko’s while Higa suffering first defeat slips to 15-1, 15Ko’s.

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