Kosei Tanaka Drops, Decisions Angel Acosta To Retain Title

NAGOYA, JAPAN - The fight lived up to the hype, as WBO light flyweight world champion Kosei Tanaka won a twelve round unanimous decision over  mandatory challenger and power puncher Angel 'Tito' Acosta at the  Ocean Arena in Nagoya, Japan. The scores were 117-110, 117-110, 116-111. Acosta was down in the fifth round.

Tanaka - already a two division world champion - raised his record to 9-0 with 5KO's. Acosta, who previously stopped all of his opponents, suffered his first career defeat and fell to 16-1 with 16KO's.

The fight started off with Acosta coming out with both barrels firing away. Tanaka was able to take everything coming his way and started digging to the body, which was his key to victory in this contest.

 tanaka-acosta (5)

Tanaka seemed to have more firepower between the two and his power shots to the body were visibly affecting Acosta. In the fifth, Tanaka put Acosta down but was unable to follow-up on that occurrence to pursue a potential stoppage.

Something seemed to be missing on Acosta's punches, as he was never able to really hurt the champion. That didn't stop the Puerto Rican fighter from showing his tough nature in the second half as he tried to rally down the stretch, but the champion weathered off his offense and stuck to his game plan.

Acosta, in defeat, showed that he's as tough as they come because he never quit and hung in there for the full twelve, showing his guts and stamina. There were many who expected to Acosta to fade and fall apart if the fight entered the second half, but he never showed any signs of mentally or physically quitting in the fight.

And Tanaka continues to prove that he's one of the best rising talents in the lower weight divisions. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigjavi973 on 05-20-2017

Comment by cotto#1p4p on 05-20-2017

Much closer fight than the cards show. Lots of close rounds. Either one could've won. Tanaka refused to make the fight outside of Japan with good reason. I don't think he can beat Acosta in the US without Acosta having…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Shane McGuigan: Eubank Jr. Must Reassess, Get Rid Of Cowboys BBBofC Round-Up: Wale, Dickens, Ward, Benn, Selby, More Chris Eubank Jr. Would Consider Returning To Middleweight Teofimo Lopez To Return on Crawford-Horn Undercard Arum Explains Why Lomachenko-Linares Being on HBO is a 'Waste' Callum Smith Expects Braehmer To Present Some Problems George Groves - The Emotion and The Logic Danny Garcia: I Want Thurman, It's On Him, Whenever He's Ready McGregor Trolls Mayweather Over Failed Bid To Lure Him To UFC Ugas Motivated To Shock Experts, Topple Errol Spence For IBF Belt Video: Jermell Charlo Talks 154 Division, Andrade, Lubin, More Alberto Machado vs. Rafael Mensah Purse Bid Set For March 2 Alexander: I Absolutley Beat Victor Ortiz - I Gave Him Three Rounds Groves May Request New WBSS Date if Injury Needs Time To Heal William Silva Tops Card on March 3 in Clearwater, Florida Video: Paulie Malignaggi Breaks Down Garcia's Win Over Rios Brandon Rios: I'm Mad Over Stoppage, I Was Ready To Continue! Video: Shawn Porter Talks Confrontation With Danny Garcia Sauerland: We'll Wait Before Making Decision On WBSS Final Isaac Zarate, Ruben Villa Win Bouts in Ontario, California Subriel Matias, Alfredo Santiago Win Bouts in Puerto Rico Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki Finalized For April 28, HBO Eubank Sr. Admits: My Son Didn't Perform, Didn't Show His Level Video: Mikey Garcia Talks Lomachenko-Linares, Lipinets, More McGuigan: Groves' Shoulder is Massive Concern For Tournament DeGale To Eubank Jr: Now Go Crawl Back Under Your Rock! Photos: David Benavidez Hands a Pure Beating To Ronald Gavril Photos: Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander Fight To Controversial Draw Photos: Danny Garcia Blasts Brandon Rios With a Monster Shot Thurman: Spence Can Beat Me? I Will Handle Him, Whoop His Ass! Photos: Groves Hands a Bloody Chris Eubank Jr. a Boxing Lesson Photos: Yordenis Ugas Stops Ray Robinson To Secure Spence Video: Brandon Rios Post-Fight Reaction To Knockout, More Video: Thurman, Porter Sit Down and Negotiate Rematch in Vegas Benavidez: I Was Told Gavril Suffered a Broken Jaw, Broken Nose Vincent Feigenbutz With Controversial TKO of Ryno Liebenberg Video: Angel Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Danny Garcia Post-Fight Reaction To Rios Knockout, More Video: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter- Confrontation in Las Vegas Photos: Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter - Face To Face, Trade Words

Latest Active Forum Threads