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.