pittbox Posted May 21, 2018 Share Posted May 21, 2018 South African Hekkie Budler defeated Japanese Ryoichi Taguchi in Ota and is now the unified WBA and IBF light flyweight champion. "The Hexecutioner" lost his previous two title fights, against Byron Rojas and Milan Melindo and wasn't a favorite against Taguchi who unified the titles against previously mentioned Melindo. Budler had a lot of success with his activity in the first four rounds. Taguchi came back in rounds 5-9 with effective counter punching, but Budler turned the tide in rounds 10 and 11 when he landed some tremendous shots. Taguchi took the 12th round big with Budler being in danger. All three judges scored it 114-113 for the underdog. I scored the fight 114-114. Bulder had an amazing night, but I think that it was close enough that Taguchi deserves the rematch. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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