ROCKY FUENTES RETAINS OPBF FLYWEIGHT TITLE HANDILY
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Wed, 19 Dec 2012
Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight champion Rocky “The Road Warrior” Fuentes has retained his title handily with a twelve round unanimous decision over Japan’s No. 9 ranked Yuki Nasu at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
It was the 26 year old Fuentes seventh successful defense of the title he won with a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over another Japanese Masafumi Okuba on March 9, 2010 .
Fuentes is ranked by the top four major boxing organizations in the world being No. 2 in the WBA behind newly crowned WBO/WBA champion Brian Viloria, another Filipino; ranks No.3 in the WBC behind former champion Edgar Sosa of Mexico and Luis Concepcion of Panama with Japan’s Toshiyuki Igarashi as champion; No. 9 in the IBF where South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane is champion and No. 5 in the WBO in which Filipino Milan Melindo is No. 1 and countryman Froilan Saludar No.2.
All three judges had Fuentes the winner by margins of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111.
With the win Fuentes improved to 35-6-2 with 20 knockouts while the 30 year old Nasu dropped to 23-7 with 16 knockouts.
The soft-spoken but hard-hitting Fuentes is trained by youthful Joseph Baldago and is a product of the famed ALA Gym. Baldago was in h is corner along with former world title challenger Edito “Ala” Villamor.
Fuentes was coming off a twelve round unanimous decision over South Korea’s Myung Ho Lee last September 22 while Nasu in his last fight won by a 3rd round knockout over Thailand’s Witcharapol Kiatprapat in in an eight round tune-up bout in Tokyo last September 19.
The title fight was a rematch after Fuentes won by a ten round split decision over Nasu in Osaka on October 8, 2006.
Nasu also lost by a stunning 1st round knockout to talented Filipino Jojo Bardon in a ten round bout on January 5, 2008.
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