Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Belts on The Line
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Who won Iwasa vs Saulong?
Ryosuke Iwasa beat Ernesto Saulong by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Thursday 1st March 2018 at Kokugikan in Tokyo.
The scorecards were announced as 119-109, 120-108, 118-110 in favor of winner Ryosuke Iwasa.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 122 pounds (8.7 stone or 55.3 KG).
This contest was for the IBF super bantamweight championship of the world.
Iwasa vs Saulong stats
Ryosuke Iwasa stepped into the ring with a record of 24 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws.
Ernesto Saulong made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw.
The stats suggested that Iwasa and Saulong have similar power, both with a 0% knock out percentage.
Ryosuke Iwasa was the younger man by 1 year, at 32 years old.
Iwasa had a height advantage of 1 inch over Saulong.
Both Ryosuke Iwasa & Ernesto Saulong fought out of an orthodox stance.
Iwasa was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 2 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 1 year and 5 months earlier than Saulong, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 24 more professional rounds, 196 to Saulong's 172.
Ernesto Saulong was ranked number 13 by the IBF in the 122lb division.
Iwasa vs Saulong form
Iwasa had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Ernesto Saulong on 1st March 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Yukinori Oguni on 13th September 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka.
Going into that contest, he had beat Glenn Medura on 2nd March 2017 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Kokugikan, Tokyo.
Before that, he had won against Aekkawee Kaewmanee on 12th July 2016 by knockout in the 3rd round at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.
He had beat Dennis Tubieron on 6th February 2016 by knockout in the 7th round at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.
Iwasa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 6 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
What time did Iwasa vs Saulong start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 AM UTC at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan, which was 5:00 AM EST or 2:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 AM GMT in the UK.
What were the odds on Iwasa vs Saulong?
Ryosuke Iwasa was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Ernesto Saulong made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.