Kenichi Ogawa made his unexpected shot at the vacant IBF junior lightweight title, dropping Azinga Fuzile three times en route to a unanimous decision victory over the Lopez-Kambosos undercard.
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Ogawa (26-1-1, 18 KOs) was a replacement for Shavkat Rakhimov, who was supposed to catch Fuzile for the belt that Joseph Diaz Jr lost on the scales earlier this year. When Rakhimov got injured, Ogawa was ordered to participate in the fight and he definitely took advantage of it.
The scores were 114-111, 115-110 and 115-110 for Ogawa. Bad Left Hook scored it 116-109 for the Japanese fighter.
Fuzile (15-2, 9 KOs) was a small betting favorite, but he couldn’t fight with the back foot as Ogawa just didn’t make the mistakes Fuzile needed with this approach to score. big blows. of its own. Fuzile fell in the fifth round and had already been injured – and his nose had bled a lot – in his right hand earlier in the fight.
Fuzile managed to hang on, and he had a good charge in the eighth and 10th rounds in particular, where he finally took center stage, but he still hasn’t been able to turn the tide completely, because Ogawa had answers. Fuzile was dropped two more times in the 12th and final round, and was probably lucky that referee Ron Lipton gave him enough time to recover after the first, and the second came with just 13 seconds left. to play. There was no doubt that Ogawa wanted to end the fight and not leave it to the judges.
More Lopez-Kambosos undercard results and highlights
- Raymond Ford TKO-8 Felix Caraballo: A fight that became more and more one-sided, because Ford (10-0-1, 6 KOs) was just too fast and too lively for Caraballo (13-4-2, 9 KO), who at 34 years old is now sniffed his way down the outlook ladder, so to speak, being outclassed by Shakur Stevenson, Robeisy Ramirez and Raymond Ford in his last three fights. Ford still has question marks, of course he’s not a top notch super player, but he’s 22 and has obvious skills and real self-confidence. He’s not the biggest puncher, but if he lets his hands combine, it can pile up on opponents. Still a very interesting prospect and Matchroom clearly likes it.
- Zhilei Zhang TKO-2 Craig Lewis: I can’t fault Zhang (23-0-1, 18 KOs) for coming back smoothly after major medical issues he had in his last fight, a draw with Jerry Forrest, but let’s be clear, that was gentle, though Zhang made it hold by also becoming the first man to stop Lewis. Lewis (14-5-1, 8 KOs) is a 37-year-old fellow from Detroit who hadn’t fought for 26 months and hasn’t won a fight since 2017, but he’s always been good at making rounds, including eight with Junior Fa and 10 with Jermaine Franklin and Carlos Takam in his three previous fights, all defeats. Zhang pierced him with a shot that knocked Lewis down, and referee Shada Murdaugh really should have stopped the fight there, but he let it continue. Lewis had no legs and barely seemed to know where he was, and when he let go again, Murdaugh was always going to let him continue, but luckily Lewis Corner saved their fighter as it wasn’t going to be good.
Undercard preliminary results and highlights
- Ramla Ali UD-4 Isela Vera: A nice routine victory for Ali, who is now 4-0 (0 KO) as a professional. Ali is 32 years old and has a lot to do outside of boxing, including her modeling career, so the question of how good she can really be as a professional boxer remains, and fighting opponents at this level remains unanswered. really doesn’t tell us much. She hasn’t officially lost a round as a pro yet. But she is very friendly, funny and honest in the interviews. She wasn’t very high on her own performance here, just like she wasn’t last May after her victory in Las Vegas.
- Christina Cruz UD-6 Maryguenn Vellinga: Cruz has been a nationally decorated American fancier for many years. She is now 2-0 (0 KOs) as a pro, and she is also 38 years old. This fight was not a real challenge for her – the scores were 59-55, 60-54 and 60-54 – and realistically, if she wants to aim for a world title, she might as well do so now. Fighters do not improve from the age of 38. Cruz never intended to become a pro, but she did. She could go get a belt or she could just go away, that will be entirely up to her. Considering her age and level of experience, then putting her up with someone like Sulem Urbina might be worth it. There’s no point in dragging this out, and I don’t mean that as a criticism, I just mean it as the reality of Cruz’s situation. She can box, and she is either able to compete at the highest professional level now, or she won’t.
- Anthony Herrera TKO-2 Jonathan Herrera: Pro debuts for both. DAZN and social media accounts were saying “Jonathan Tejeda”, but the title of my results is not a typo. It’s Jonathan Herrera, they were just trying to avoid confusion. He was announced as Herrera at the weigh-in yesterday and by David Diamante for this fight. Anthony Herrera (1-0, 1 KO obviously) is a good hope, the guy had to be highlighted here. You could tell the stop was a bit early, but Jonathan Herrera didn’t really look good in there either.