Naito shocks longtime flyweight champion

By Scott Shaffer


Naito shocks longtime flyweight champion

Third time is the charm vs. Wongjongkam

Daisuke Naito W12 Ponsaklek Wongjongkam... For the second time this month, there has been a huge shake-up in the normally quiet 112-pound division. Japan's Daisuke Naito has upset longtime WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in Tokyo. Naito claimed a unanimous decision by scores of 116-113 (twice) and 115-113. Wongjongkam had not lost since 1996, and since then he avenged his losses, won 56 fights in a row, reigned as WBC champ since 2001 and beat Naito twice, including a flyweight record 34 second KO in 2002. His record is a still-astounding 65-3, and while he admitted defeat, he said he will continue his career. Naito improves to 31-2-2 and should become a national hero in Japan for the determination he showed by seeking out a third fight against a great champion who soundly beat him twice before. Although Japanese boxers rarely fight each other with a world title on the line, a bout between Naito and undefeated ex-108 pound champ Koki Kameda would probably be the biggest fight in the history of Japanese boxing.  source: yahoo! asia

Danny Green TKO3 Otis Griffin... In Australia, Otis Griffin is "The Next Great Champ" no longer after light heavyweight contender Danny Green overpowered the former reality show winner in three rounds. After two uneventful rounds, Green floored Griffin with a left hook in the third. Griffin got up but never really recovered, and the fight was stopped soon afterwards. Green is a huge draw in Australia, and his promoters might have a realistic chance of making an offer that could entice Antonio Tarver overseas to fight in front of 25,000 Aussies. source: yahoo!7 news