Jezreel Corrales vs Takashi Uchiyama
BY KID HERSH
At Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20KO's) defended his WBA super featherweight world title against Jezreel Corrales (19-1, 7KO's). Uchiyama was a huge favorite coming into the fight at well over 10/1 odds on most betting sites as he figured to have too much experience and too good of a punch for the young Panamanian. In the first round Corrales was extremely wild, winging haymakers from right and left field but the tactic was working as Uchiyama's output was extremely low and he was defensive. In the second round Corrales employed the same tactics and surprise; they worked! Perhaps the upset of the year happened in the second round when Corrales scored two knockdowns off of looping, fairly ugly punches and the fight was stopped nearing the end of the round. This was a huge upset - especially considering the manner in which it ended since Corrales has such a low knockout percentage. But, the astute observer will notice that he has been on a knockout streak lately - seemingly getting his man strength as he comes around of age.