Shiro vs. Lopez
Shiro crushes Lopez in return match. Shiro had won the WBC title with a controversial majority decision over Lopez in May last year but this time he ends this one inside two rounds. Both were very tentative just probing with their jab and not looking to commit themselves. Shiro was holding his right cocked, aiming to counter the southpaw Lopez but in a cautious round neither fighter landed a punch. Shiro was more positive in the second stabbing out his jab and trying for a few rights. Lopez tried with wild swings and missed. Suddenly Shiro moved inside and dug a long right into the body of Lopez who fell to his hands and knees with his forehead resting on the canvas. He was in agony and eventually counted out. The 26-year-old Shiro was making the third defence of his WBC title and this gives him seven wins by KO/TKO. He had a 58-16 record as an amateur and turned pro after graduating from college. His father Hisashi Teraji is a former Japanese middleweight and OPBF light heavyweight champion who had a 20-1-3 pro record with a 14 bout winning streak when he retired in 2000. Former champion Lopez, 36, suffers only his second loss by KO/TKO.
Inoue vs. Sabu
A good night for the Inoue family sees younger brother Takuma put poor Indonesian Sabu down and out with a body punch also in the first round. They don’t hang about these Inoue boys. Third win by KO/TKO for Inoue who won the OPBF title in only his fifth fight and is rated No 9 bantam by the WBC. Inoue was Japanese High School champion and 52-5 as an amateur. It is that sort of background which explains why he can turn professional at 17 and already be looking for a world title fight. Eight losses by KO/TKO for Sabu.