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Ito and Shiro retain belts / Inoue ends 48-0 run to win WBC interim title

World Boxing News 30/12/2018

📸 Naoki Fukuda

Ota-City Gym in Tokyo, Japan hosted three big title bouts on Sunday as a trio of top stars were in action.

In the main event, Masayuki Ito defended his WBO Super Featherweight Title with a seventh round stoppage win over Evgeny Chuprakov.

Ito was riding an eight-fight winning streak before the contest. He proved too strong for Russian as the 27 year-old improved to 25-1-1.

With the loss, Chuprakov dropped a first loss in his 21st career bout.

The co-feature saw WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro take the stage. Shiro scored a unanimous decision win over Saul Juarez.

Shiro was in complete control throughout. The 26 year-old made it 15 straight wins in the paid ranks with a shutout on the WBN card.

Judges came back with scores of 120-108 and 119-109 (twice) as Shiro inflicted a ninth reverse on Juarez in dominant fashion.

INOUE

The third and final of the championship encounters saw the interim WBC bantamweight title picked up by Takuma Inoue.

Inoue, 23 (📸 Naoki Fukuda), is the younger brother of pound for pound superstar Naoya Inoue. The youngster seems to be following in his footsteps.


Tasana Salapat, also known as  Petch Sor Chitpattana or CP Freshmart (not to be confused with Knockout CP Freshmart), was 48-0 coming into the fight.

Despite this, the 25 year-old was beaten 117-111 across the board. Inoue cemented his place in the WBN Top Five bantamweights in the world.

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