On New Year’s Eve 2016, Jezreel Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) scored a 12-round split-decision victory in against Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20 KOs) to defend his WBA Super Featherweight title at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
The fight was a rematch of their April 2016 fight, which Corrales also won, but by second-round knockout.
In their second fight, Corrales did not score a knockout, but walked away with a tough, well-earned split-decision victory. Uchiyama even scored a knockdown in Round 5, though his effort was not enough to win on all of the judges’ scorecards.
Two judges had the fight for Corrales with scores of 115-112 and 117-120, while one judge had it 113-114 for Uchiyama.
In the co-main event, Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11 KOs) fought to a split draw against Carlos Canizales (16-0-1, 13 KOs) to retain his WBA Light Flyweight title.
Check out the rest of the card’s results below.
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Jezreel Corrales vs. Takashi Uchiyama, rematch, 12 rounds, Super Featherweights
Corrales scored a 12-round split-decision victory.
Ryoichi Taguchi vs. Carlos Canizales, 12 rounds, Light Flyweights
Taguchi and Canizalez fought to a split draw.
Masayuki Ito vs. Takuya Watanabe, 12 rounds, Super Featherweights
Ito scored a 12-round unanimous decision victory and won with scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
Keisuke Nakayama vs. Kongphichet Tosandet, 8 rounds, Super Flyweights
Nakayama scored a third-round stoppage victory at 1:49 of Round 3.
Masataka Taniguchu vs. Vincent Bautista, 6 rounds, Light Flyweights
Taniguchi scored a six-round UD victory with three scores of 60-54.
Hiroto Kyoguchi vs. Junuel Lacar, 6 rounds, Light Flyweights
Kyoguchi stopped Lacar at :46 of Round 3.
Shogo Sakai vs. Satoshi Kimura, 4 rounds, Featherweights
Sakai and Kimura fought to a split draw with the following scores :39-37, 38-39 and 38-38.
Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.