April 27, 2016
Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs), 129.75, Japan, by a very quick demolition at 2:59 of the second round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Corrales sent Uchiyama sprawling to the deck three times in succession with his tremendously fast combinations.
Who had expected such a quick forfeiture of Uchiyama? The 36-year-old Japanese was a prohibitive favorite due to his previous eleven defenses?almost all in one-sided fashion. The Panamanian youngster, 24, made a surprising opening attack that had Uchiyama on the defensive and the champ cautiously probed the interim champfs quickness on hand.
An unexpected disaster visited Uchiyama in round two. Corrales connected with a solid left to the chin of Uchiyama, who hit the deck and barely regained his feet to show his damage. The Panamanian promptly swarmed over him, flooring him again though it looked like a slip. Uchiyama grabbed the aggressor to last the crisis and his strategy seems almost successful, but Jezreelfs whirlwind attack finally dropped him for the third time in the same second round. Since the three-knockdown rule was applied in this WBA title bout, Uchiyama was declared a KO loser by US referee Robert Hoyle.
The judges (Uriel Aguilera, Silvestre Abainza and Hubert Earle) all tallied the first session in favor of Corrales.
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