Corrales upsets Uchiyama in Tokyo
- Updated: April 27, 2016
Unheralded Jezreel Corrales (20-1, 8 KOs), Panama, scored a shocking second-round stoppage over the previously unbeaten WBA junior lightweight titlist Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs) in Tokyo on Wednesday night.
Corrales countered well in the first round, staying at a distance while making himself a tough target for the defending champion. Uchiyama, 36, kept his poise during that first stanza, but by the start of the second, he appeared a little flustered. That’s when Corrales began to jump on Uchiyama with quick combinations, catching his foe from various angles before finally sending him to the canvas with a brutal right cross that nearly kept him on the canvas.
Uchiyama barely beat the count but was on unsteady legs for the remainder of the fight, as Corrales looked for the knockout while picking his spots. After flooring the champion again moments later, Corrales saved his final blow only seconds before the end of the round, as a shot up the middle sent Uchiyama down for the third time, prompting the referee to waive it off.