Fight Chatter Dec. 31

Fight Chatter

Fight Chatter Dec. 30 2018 By Uppercut staff


Super flyweights dominated as Donnie Nietes (42-1-5) defeated Japan’s extremely tough Kazuto Ioka (23-2) to win the vacant WBO super flyweight world title on Monday Dec. 31. The match took place in Macao. Nietes, 36, is a former IBF flyweight champion from the Philippines. In another title fight Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0) defeated Hekkie Budler (32-3) to win the WBA light flyweight world title by decision. Also, Moruti Mthalane (37-2) retained the IBF flyweight title by decision versus Masahiro Sakamoto (13-2).


Three world title fights took place in Tokyo, Japan. First, Masayuki Ito (25-1-1) knocked out Russia’s Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1) in the seventh round to retain the WBO super featherweight title he won last July in the U.S. It was his first defense and first time fighting in his country with the title. Also, Ken Hiro (15-0) retained the WBC light flyweight title by unanimous decision over Mexico’s Saul Juarez (24-9-2). It was Hiro’s fifth defense of the world title since he won it in May 2017. A third world title fight saw Takuma Inoue (13-0) defeat Thailand’s Tasana Salapat (48-1) by decision to win the interim WBC bantamweight title. Takuma Inoue is the younger brother of Naoya Inoue who holds the WBA bantamweight world title.


Daniela Bermudez (24-3-3) knocked out Yolis Franco (23-11-4) in the fourth round on Saturday Dec. 29. The WBO bantamweight world title fight took place at Santa Fe and was her first defense of the bantamweight title. Bermudez, 29, also won the super bantamweight title and the super flyweight world title and is recognized as one of the best female fighters in the world. In another bout, Evelyn Bermudez was the winner by split decision against Mexico’s Guadalupe Bautista (12-11-2) and won the IBF light flyweight world title. Bautista, 26, had won the title by knockout of Andrea Sanchez in Argentina last May. It was her first defense of the title for the Mexico City fighter.



Upcoming fights

Devin Haney (20-0) meets Xolisani Ndongeni (25-0) in a lightweight clash set for 10 rounds on Friday Jan. 11. Showtime will televise the match taking place in Shreveport, Louisiana.