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New Year's Eve boxing results: Uchiyama, Tanaka, Ioka, Taguchi retain belts, Argumedo upsets Takayama

Four of five world titles were successfully defended today in Japan, but there was one notable upset.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Here are some quick and dirty results from the New Year's eve shows in Japan. I have not seen any of the fights yet, so this is just the results for you:


  • Takashi Uchiyama KO-3 Oliver Flores: Really no surprise here, as Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KO) wins quick for the second time this year, retaining his WBA super featherweight title, and beating an opponent who had a pretty but totally unproven record in Flores (27-2-2, 17 KO), who came over from Nicaragua for the opportunity. This was Flores' first trip to Japan, as most of his career has been fought in Costa Rica, with a few fights in his native country as well as Mexico. Uchiyama could be set up for a trip to the United States in 2016, as more Japanese fighter shave been coming over in the last few years.
  • Ryoichi Taguchi RTD-9 Luis de la Rosa: Having seen de la Rosa (24-6-1, 14 KO) in action before against Zou Shiming, this was expected to be a fairly easy fight for Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KO), but that doesn't appear to have been the case, as de la Rosa led on two of three scorecards (86-85, 87-84, 84-87) when the bout ended. Taguchi retains the WBA junior flyweight title, making his second successful defense.


  • Kazuto Ioka TKO-11 Juan Carlos Reveco: This was the most interesting matchup of the year-ending title fights in Japan, a rematch of a close bout that Ioka (19-1, 11 KO) won by majority decision in April. This time, he gets the stoppage over Reveco (36-3, 19 KO) to retain the WBA flyweight belt, scoring his fifth straight victory.
  • Jose Argumedo TD-9 Katsunari Takayama: Something of an upset here, as unproven Arguemdo (16-3-1, 9 KO) of Mexico beats Takayama (30-8, 12 KO) to lift the IBF strawweight title. The 32-year-old Takayama has lost before, obviously, and certainly isn't a world beater, but Argumedo, 27, came into this fight with nothing you would term a quality win. Scores were 87-84 twice for Argumedo, and 86-85 for Takayama. A rematch would seem likely.


  • Kosei Tanaka KO-6 Vic Saludar: Tanaka, 20, retains the WBO strawweight belt with what appears to be a shocking comeback victory, as he trailed 50-44 on all three cards after five rounds, and was down in the fifth, so it seems that Saludar (11-2, 9 KO) was in complete control and on his way to a big upset win before getting knocked out by Tanaka (6-0, 3 KO). BoxingScene's Jake Donovan says that Tanaka was in trouble in round six, too, before a left hook body shot ended the fight.

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