Having been dethroned by compatriot Akira Yaegashi this past April, former WBC flyweight champ Toshiyuki Igarashi (18-2-1, 11 KOs), chalked up a superb knockout victory over Mexican veteran, three-time world title challenger Omar Soto (23-11-2, 15 KOs), at 2:32 of the ninth on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Igarashi formerly an Olympian, specializes in precise volume punching, employing his nifty footwork. But lately he forgot this consumate skil,l mixing it up too readily and recklessly in his defences with Nestor Narvaez and Yaegashi.
However, this time around, The Japanese southpaw sensibly reverted, to convincingly defeat the Mexican, who, however, initially outfoxed Igarashi with his switch-hitting and abrupt attack.
In round nine, Igarashi, cut loose and landed a volley of punches on his fading foe. Soto went down claimed it wasn’t a knock-down, but wasn’t prepared to continue. The referee Vinny Martin counted out the crestfallen loser. Fans are now calling for the Yaegashi-Igarashi rematch.
September 8, 2013