Juan Carlos Salgado stopped Jorge Linares in 73 seconds in Tokyo. There were several other notable results on the show as well. (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
We had a great FanPost that was bumped to the front page earlier discussing the stunning loss Jorge Linares suffered in 73 seconds to Juan Carlos Salgado, but that wasn't the only notable fight in Tokyo today.
On the same card at Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, WBC 122-pound titlist Toshiaki Nishioka retained his title with a third round stoppage of 26-year old Mexican veteran Ivan Hernandez, possibly breaking Hernandez's jaw in the process. This is the second straight devastating win for Nishioka against a Mexican contender, as he stopped Jhonny Gonzalez in Monterrey this past May.
Nishioka (35-4-3, 22 KO) hasn't lost since 2004, when he was outpointed by Veeraphol Sahaprom down at 118 pounds. I let my mind wander to the thought of Nishioka-Sahaprom V, but given that Sahaprom has really done nothing since then but fight bums and lose to Hozumi Hasegawa and Vusi Malinga, it's unlikely we'll see Nishioka avenge that defeat. Sahaprom is also 40 now. Overall, Nishioka and Sahaprom fought four times, with two wins for the Thai legend and two draws.
I guess if there's money in it, it could happen, and there's probably OK money in it still, but part of me just doubts that Sahaprom is really up for it.
For Hernandez (25-4-1, 15 KO) it's his third loss in his last six fights, and ends a three-fight win streak.
Also on the card, featherweight Hiroyuki Enoki's stock continues to drop, as he lost his second in a row and third in his last four, dropping a 12-round decision against Satoshi Hosono. Enoki (28-3-2, 20 KO) was upset in July by Ryol Li Lee, and is 1-3-1 in his last five fights, including a loss to Chris John and a draw with Takahiro Aoh.
Hosono (16-0, 12 KO) is a 25-year old fighter nicknamed "Bazooka," and he's got legit power in both hands. He's a very intriguing featherweight contender with this win.
Takashi Miura (17-1-2, 14 KO) retained his Japanese junior lightweight title with a wide points victory over Masayuki Koguchi (19-6-2, 7 KO). Scores were 100-87, 100-90 and 99-89.