Dapudong sees action in Japan

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EX-INTERNATIONAL Boxing Organization (IBO) Edrin Dapudong takes on two-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho in a 10-rounder on Sept. 3 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Dapudong is fighting just for the second time since making his ring comeback in 2022 after a four-year layoff.

After a split decision loss to Jomar Fajardo in 2018, the 36-year-old Dapudong took a long hiatus from boxing. He gave boxing another shot and outclassed Mark Glen Antaran in his return on Feb. 6 in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Dapudong rose to prominence after defeating Jesus Jimenez via a first round knockout to claim the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight strap in Mexico. However, he lost his WBC Silver belt in his first title defense after losing to Wilbert Uicab by unanimous decision in 2010 in Mexico.

Dapudong would win his next two fights and earn a world title shot against the World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in 2011 in Mexico. Unfortunately, Dapudong was stopped in three rounds.

In 2012, Dapudong fought for a minor world title, the IBO flyweight belt, against Gideon Buthelezi. He lost to Buthelezi by split decision.

Dapudong and Buthelezi had a rematch the following year. Dapudong didn’t leave the fight to the judges’ decision and knocked Buthelezi out in a single round.

Dapudong would lose his belt in his first title defense against Lwandile Sityatha via split decision in South Africa. From then on, Dapudong fought locally and went 4-1-1 before taking a rest from boxing.

Akaho, on the other hand, is currently on a hot streak of 12 straight victories. He’s looking to earn another title shot. The 36-year-old Akaho is ranked No. 12 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 14 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 22 by the WBC.

Akaho failed in both his bids for a world title. He challenged WBC super flyweight titleholder Yota Sato and lost via a one-sided unanimous decision. Akaho got his second chance and fought Panya Uthok for the vacant WBO bantamweight strap in 2015 but got knocked out in the second round in Thailand.

Dapudong is 35-7-1 with 21 knockouts, while Akaho is 38-2-2 with 25 knockouts.