Seigo Yuri Akui Ends Dalakian’s 6-Year Reign, Wins WBA Flyweight Title

Seigo Yuri Akui won the WBA Flyweight title, beating Artem Dalakian via a controversial unanimous decision.

Dalakian’s reign as a six-year champion ended with wide decision on the scorecards in Osaka, Japan, for the home fighter: 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109. That failed to tell the story of the fight as Dalakian appeared in control, using his jab, range and lateral movement to counter his Japanese opponent.

Akui’s high work rate failed to threaten Dalakian as he landed short with his right hand. While the Japanese continued to try to cut the ring off, Dalakian’s movement kept him out of firing range. But the Ukrainian did slow down in the latter rounds as the pace caught up with the 36-year-old.

Akui’s best success came from round eight onwards. He pinned the champion on the ropes, letting fly with his right hand and hooks in the eighth. Another dominant round followed in the 11th. Outside of that, there was very little to separate the duo, with Dalakian shading the earlier rounds.

Despite accusations of bias in favor of the home fighter, all three judges were non-Japanese: Raul Caiz Sr (United States), Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico), and Jeremy Hayes (Canada). Given the post-fight reaction, there is a chance Dalakian’s team will appeal the decision.

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