by Joe Koizumi

Apr. 9, 1998
OSAKA, JAPAN--JBC #6 ranked junior welter Kiyoshi Adachi, 135 1/2, survived a 2nd round visit to the deck, fought back and earned a unanimous decision over Teruhiko Hashimoto, 137 3/4, over 10. Scored--Uenaka 98-95, Matsumoto 98-94 and Fujita 97-95, all for Adachi, 13-4, 8 KOs. Hashimoto dropped to 9-4-1, 5 KOs. But it was a rather dull fight.

Unbeaten lefty local prospect Kenji Ryuki, 125 3/4, extended his unbeaten mark to 4-0, 2 KOs, as he bloodied the nose of Korean Yangkeun Chun, 125 3/4, in the 3rd and sent him sprawling to the deck for the count at 2:12 of the 4th canto in a semi-final 10. Ryuki, with a fine amateur record of 28-4, landed his favorite southpaw right hook to the jaw of Chun, who fell down with his head bouncing on the canvas. Chun barely stood up but a towel came fluttering to his rescue. Chun, 8 years his senior at 29, impaired to 4-7-3, no KO.

This card was dedicated in commemoration of the recent retirement of ex-OPBF feather champ Tsuyoshi Harada, who had an ambitious and unsuccessful crack at the WBC super-bantam throne against Daniel Zaragoza only to be stopped in 7 lopsided frames on Jul. 20, 1996. It was his final appearance. His overall record was 20-2, 11 KOs. Tsuyoshi, the son of his father/manager/trainer Jitsuo Harada, will assist his father's gym as assistant trainer. Good luck.
Promoer: Harad Promotions.

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