In the 2nd, Kawashima rocked Sosa with a sharp right hook to the chin. Kawashima then finished him off with some flurries.
With the victory, Kawashima raised his record to 20-2-1 with 14 kayos.
The scoring was surprisingly close with 115-113, 115-114, and 115-112, all in favour of Choi.
Choi won the title in October 1995 with a TKO against Victor Hugo Paz of Argentina.
1. The person who is trying to set up the Forman fight does not have a promotional license issued by JBC.
2. JBC's local rule states that promoters are not allowed to hold world title bouts which are not sanctioned by WBA or WBC. In Japan, it is strictly forbidden to hold title bouts which are sanctioned by IBF, WBO, WBU, IBC, IBA, etc, because they would "lower the quality of world title bouts." JBC has set this rule when IBF was newly formed about 10 years ago. There were some exceptions such as Tyson vs. Tubbs and Tyson vs. Douglous, but it is unlikely that Foreman will get the same kind of treatment as Tyson got. Foreman now has the WBU and IBA titles.
3. JBC's local rule states that a fighter who is older than 37 MUST retire unless he has a WBC or WBA title. Foreman is almost 50 years old, and he does not have a WBC or WBA title.
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