MON­STER DE­LIV­ERY

Eric Ar­mit rounds up the world ti­tle ac­tion from Thai­land and Ja­pan

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Naoya In­oue restarts the World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries with tremen­dous KO

THAI star Srisaket Sor Rungvi­sai (114 3/4lbs) re­tained his WBC su­per-fly­weight ti­tle for the third time with a one-sided 12-round points vic­tory over Mex­ico’s Iran Diaz (114 3/4lbs) at the Im­pact Arena in Pak Ket, Thai­land on Oc­to­ber 6.

It was an easy night for Srisaket, now 47-4-1 (41), as he pun­ished Diaz in round af­ter round. South­paw Diaz, 14-2-3 (6), showed good de­fen­sive work and scored with some sharp coun­ters but he lacked the power to com­pete with the stronger cham­pion.

Srisaket had Diaz badly shaken in the sev­enth and the Mex­i­can fin­ished with cuts around both eyes. There were no knock­downs but Srisaket won by large mar­gins on all three cards: judge Richard De­caufel had it 120-108 while Yuji Fukuchi and Jun Bae Lim both scored it 119-109.

Jay Nady ref­er­eed the fight, which was jointly pro­moted by NKL and One Cham­pi­onship.

The fol­low­ing day, on a Ohashi Pro­mo­tions show in Yoko­hama, Ja­panese “Mon­ster” Naoya In­oue (118lbs) kicked off the World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries (WBSS) ban­tamweight tour­na­ment in spec­tac­u­lar style with a one-punch kayo of Do­mini­can south­paw Juan Car­los Payano (117 1/2lbs).

Af­ter some early spar­ring, the first punch In­oue threw in anger was a thun­der­ous straight right that put Payano down flat on his back with blood pour­ing from his nose. There was no way Payano was go­ing to beat the count and ref­eree Pinit Prayadsab promptly waved the fight over. In­oue im­proved to 17-0 (15) and re­tained the sec­ondary WBA ti­tle. He put down a strong marker for the other fighters in the WBSS ban­tamweight tour­na­ment, in the semi-fi­nal of which he will face the win­ner of the Oc­to­ber 20 fight in Or­lando be­tween Em­manuel Ro­driguez and Ja­son Moloney.

This was the first loss in­side the dis­tance for for­mer WBA cham­pion Payano, who falls to 20-2 (9).

Also in Yoko­hama was the open­ing bout of the WBSS su­per-light­weight tour­na­ment, which saw Kiryl Re­likh (140lbs) hold on to his WBA ti­tle with a close unan­i­mous ver­dict over Rus­sian Ed­uard Troy­anovsky (139 1/4lbs). In a low-key af­fair Re­likh’s ag­gres­sion and higher workrate saw him build an early lead over the de­fen­sive-minded Troy­anovsky. The Rus­sian staged a strong fin­ish, rock­ing Re­likh [pic­tured] in the last, but de­spite the close­ness of the scor­ing Re­likh was a clear win­ner.

The three judges, Luigi Boscarelli, Gus­tavo Jar­quin and Pawel Kar­dyni, all had scored the fight 115-113 to Re­likh. The Be­laru­sian, who is now 23-2 (19), goes for­ward to meet the win­ner of the Oc­to­ber 27 fight be­tween Regis Pro­grais and Terry Flana­gan in the WBSS semi­fi­nals.

For­mer IBF cham­pion Troy­anovsky falls to 27-2 (24).

Ja­pan’s Ken Shiro (107 3/4lbs) made a suc­cess­ful fourth de­fence of his WBC light-fly­weight ti­tle, halt­ing Filipino Mi­lan Melindo (107 1/4lbs) in the sev­enth round when a bad cut over Melindo’s left eye saw the ring­side doc­tor ad­vise that the fight be stopped.

Melindo scored with some hard rights to take the sec­ond round but Shiro won ev­ery other ses­sion. He was too quick and too slick for Melindo and raked the chal­lenger with hard, ac­cu­rate punches from both hands be­fore slash­ing open a cut over the left eye of Melindo with a punch in the sixth round.

Late in the sev­enth ref­eree Lau­rence Cole asked the doc­tor to in­spect the cut and the fight was stopped. Shiro, 14-0 (8), was in front 59-55 on all three cards at the time of the stoppage. For­mer IBF cham­pion Melindo, 37-4 (13), suf­fered his first in­side the dis­tance loss.

Pho­tos: NAOKI FUKUDA

MON­STROUS: In­oue takes out Payano in quick time

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