Yap "The Journey Man" destroys IBF#4 Yamamoto; Captured first title under his belt

(Yap after his victory photo by Brico Santig)

27 year-old Filipino Marjohn Yap who is fighting out of Osaka Japan finally win first title in his boxing career yesterday night at Central gym in Hyogo Japan. Yap who dubbed himself as "The Journeyman" because of his journeyman like record easily beat world rated IBF# 4 and the defending champion Takahiro Yamamoto to claim the OPBF bantamweight title.

Yap entered the fight as the underdog, Yamamoto had been hoping to record his third defense of the OPBF Bantamweight title but totally outmuscled by Filipino challenger,  Yap dominated the first three rounds landing sharp counter punches and even forcing the champion to back pedal during exchanging of punches. Yamamoto salvage the 4th round but still behind on the scorecards. Yap looks more determined in 5th round scored 3 knockdowns to force the referee to stop the fight.

"Dream come True" Yap posted to his social media account. Yap's record 25 wins 11 stoppages with 12 defeats will not define him as a great fighter. Hopefully Yap will gain world ranking and may fight for world title in the future.

In the undercard two other Filipinos came up short on their OPBF title fights. Former world champion Merlito Sabillo outpointed by much younger Ryuya Yamanaka, scores were 119-109, 118-110,117-111. Former OPBF champion Allan Tanada suffered 7th round Technical Knockout defeat against defending OPBF Featherweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani.