Uchiyama TKOs Flores

By Robert Ecksel on December 31, 2015
Uchiyama TKOs Flores
It was Uchiyama’s 11th defense of the title. A body shot did the trick. (Reuters/Yuyo Sino)

Thirty-six-year-old Takashi Uchiyama successfully defended his WBA super featherweight title by stopping 24-year-old Oliver Flores…

On New Years Eve at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, 36-year-old Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KOs) successfully defended his WBA Super World super featherweight title by stopping 24-year-old Oliver Flores, hailing from Nicaragua, at 1:47 of round three.

Uchiyama had been plagued by hand and elbow injuries over the years, but he was injury-free when he climbed in the ring to face Flores.

“I am in very good condition,” he said after the bout. “I tried to take it easy in the first few rounds. I saw his belly open. So I was like, ‘Oh, it’s open.’ Then I hit there and it was over.”

The win was significant for two reasons. The first was Uchiyama’s title that was at stake. The second concerns a possibly fight in the U.S.

Uchiyama has never fought outside Japan, but Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes former WBA Super World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, has floated the idea of Uchiyama and “The Axe Man” fighting in Las Vegas.

“I know there are talks on that,” Uchiyama said earlier this week. “Yet I’m only focusing on beating Flores now. I’m just concentrating on winning this one. If I win this fight, a potential big match might take shape. I’ll think of setting a new goal after January 1st.”

In the co-main event, WBA titleholder Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), the slick boxer-puncher from Tokyo, had a harder time of it against Luis de la Rosa (24-6-1, 14 KOs), the underdog from Arboletes, Colombia, before forcing him to quit on his stool at the end of the ninth round.

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  1. Mike Casey 04:24am, 01/01/2016

    Another very good performance by Uchiyama, Koolz!

  2. Koolz 02:16pm, 12/31/2015

    That body Shot just destroyed Flores!  He Folded like paper to the canvas.
    Full three rounds

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