By Hisao Adachi
This past Monday in Tokyo, Shirai & Gushiken Sports Club of Tokyo announced in due form that WBO #2 ranked world super flyweight and former interim world champion fly of the WBA (World Association of Boxing), Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19 KOs will once again face WBO #5 Jeyvier “Perro” Cintron (10-1, 5KOs) on August 2 at Osceola Heritage Center, Kissimmee, Florida.
The fight will be a 10-round eliminator to become the mandatory challenger to the WBO super flyweight world champion, Kazuto Ioka.
The bout will be a tiebreaker for Eto and Cintron. Their first fight, which took place in May at the same Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida, was made a no-contest when they collided in an eliminator.
Initially, Eto was declared the winner by TKO at 2:37 of the very first round.
Shortly after spending two minutes boxing from the initial gong of the first round, the Puerto Rican boxer was knocked down surprisingly by what appeared to be a right hand to the face. Cintron tried to get up from the canvas with great difficulty and impatient with wobbly legs. Seeing the dangerous state of Cintron, Floridian referee Andrew Glenn stopped the fight to declare Eto the winner.
But, after 30 minutes, the fight was sanctioned as a no-contest after a video inspection by the Florida Boxing Commission to find out exactly what was going on in the ring at the very moment Cintron was knocked down.
After a review of the video, the verdict was overturned after it was shown that Cintron had been dropped as the result of a head clash and not a right hand. The right hand slightly grazed the face of Cintron.