Naoya Inoue Vs. Marlon Tapales Preliminary And Undercard Live Results, Recaps: Seiya Tsutsumi Dominates Kazuki Anaguchi With Four Knockdowns

Naoya Inoue takes on Marlon Tapales for the undisputed super bantamweight title live from the Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue defends his WBO & WBC titles against Tapales’ WBA and IBF belts. Inoue arrives into the fight, having stopped Stephen Fulton to win the WBO and WBC belts. Inoue landed a right hand over the top following a jab to the midsection to send Fulton to the ground as a left hand followed to stop the fight.

Tapales’ last bout was a victory over Murodjon Akhmadaliev. It was a tough bout as a split-decision win could have gone another way. A victory for Inoue makes him undisputed in a second weight class alongside Terence Crawford and Claressa Shields.

In chief support, Seiya Tsutsumi faces Kazuki Anaguchi in a super bantamweight clash. Tsutsumi’s last bout was a win over Riku Masuda. Anaguchi also enters the fight with a win over Shori Umezu.

Live Results

Seiya Tsutsumi vs. Kazuki Anaguchi – super bantamweight

Tsutsumi was on the back foot for most of the first four rounds. The Japanese was heavily cut above his left eye as he looked out of sorts. But things changed massively when Tsutsumi threw a huge left hook, which sent Anaguchi to the floor. He beat the count, but it was the first sign of danger.

However, the cut on Tsutsumi’s eye was targeted. Anaguchi opened the wound with a right hook, which caused the doctor to stop the bout on several occasions to look at it. Despite dangers over the cut, Tsutsumi sent Anaguchi to the canvas in round seven with a massive right hand. Anaguchi fought back strongly in round eight, but another right hand put Anaguchi down. And with four seconds left in the fight, Tsutsumi dropped him again. The bout went to the scorecards. Tsutsumi took it via a unanimous decision.

Official Result: Seiya Tsutsumi def. Kazuki Anaguchi via a unanimous decision

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Andy Hiraoka vs. Sabastian Diaz – super lightweight

Inoue’s stablemate, Andy Hiraoka, stopped Sabastian Diaz in the fifth round. He was boxing for the first time this year, but the fight was one-sided. Hiraoka dropped Diaz in the first round with a lead right hook. The lead hand from the southpaw stance continued to trouble Diaz.

Hiraoka, however, failed to follow up with those power shots until round four. He backed Diaz up against the ropes and unloaded with combinations. The writing was on the wall. He attacked the body, leaving Diaz backed up as the referee stopped the fight in the fifth. Hiraoka then called out the champions at 140. Hiraoka’s victory took his undefeated record to 23-0.

Official Result: Andy Hiraoka def. Sabastian Diaz via a fifth-round TKO 

Yoshiki Takei def. Mario Diaz Maldonado via a second-round knockout – super bantamweight

Prelims

Kanamu Sakama def. John Paul Gabunilas via a fifth-round TKO – flyweight

Fuga Uematsu def. Suguru Ishikawa via a fourth-round TKO – featherweight

Rikiya Sato def. Keisuke Endo via a unanimous decision – super featherweight

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