News & Results from Japan

by Shun Matsuoka


10/11, WBC Super-Flyweight

Hiroshi Kawashima TKO 2 Domingo Sosa

Kawashima successfully defended his WBC title for the 6th time by knocking out the 8th ranked challenger, Sosa, in the 2nd round. Kawashima kept putting pressure on Sosa and made him back up all the way. Sosa tried to put his combinations together, but Kawashima avoided most of the punches with quick head movement and blocking.

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.

10/12, WBA jr.lightweight

Choi Yong-Soo W 12 Yamato Mitani

Choi Yong-Soo defended his WBA title for the 3rd time with a unanimous decision over the 8th ranked challenger, Mitani. Mitani started well and outboxed Choi for the first two rounds, but the champ weared him down with strong body shots and continuous pressure. Choi had Mitani seriously hurt in the 7th and 9th with series of body shots, Choi then cemented his victory by dropping Mitani with body shots in the 12th.

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.

Other notes

JBC, Japanese Boxing Commission, officially announced that they will not approve the Foreman vs. Grimsley bout and its undercards as legitimate boxing bouts. The reasons are as follows...

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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