Domingo battles Japanese in undercard of Cataraja-Raquinel headliner
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Filipino prospect Esneth “Hard Hitter” Domingo will fight in the undercard of the Kevin Jake Cataraja-Jayr Raquinel regional title bout on November 11, 2023, in Nagoya, Japan.
This was officially announced by Domingo’s co-promoter, Sanman Boxing this week. The Cebuano slugger will be pitted against a Japanese opponent.
The 24-year-old, who is based in Cebu under ZIP Sanman will square off with
Keisuke Iwasaki for seven rounds in the undercard of the Kameda Promotions-backed card headlined by Cataraja and Raquinel.
This will be Domingo’s third time to fight in Japan following his impressive back-to-back victories in 2022.
Both Domingo and Cataraja are stablemates under the ZIP Sanman Boxing Team.
Domingo, a certified road warrior stamped class in the Japan boxing scene by scoring knockout victories against top-tier Japanese prospects.
He debuted in Japan in October 2022 and stunned the Japanese crowd with a sixth-round technical knockout (TKO) win over Jukiya Iimura in their eight-rounder non-title bout held in Tokyo.
Two months later, he scored a fourth-round knockout win against Kosuke Tomioka at the same venue.
The back-to-back wins improved Domingo’s record to 18 wins with 10 knockouts and two defeats.
The November 11 fight will give the Lebak, Sultan Kudarat native another chance to showcase his ring potential.
Meanwhile, Iwasaki, 28, of Osaka Japan has a record of 8-5-3 (win-loss-draw) with three knockouts.
Domingo will be Iwasaki’s first Filipino opponent. Unlike Domingo who is on a winning streak, Iwasaki is eyeing to plug his back-to-back losing slump.
Iwasaki lost to fellow Japanese boxers Kyotaro Yoshida and Yasuhiro Kanzaki earlier this year. /rcg
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