FILIPINO PACQUIAO SCORES FIRST ROUND KO OVER TERAO IN TOKYO
Pacquiao, who dethroned Thailander Chokchai 3K-Battery on a 5th-round KO last Jun., looked rough, but his potential power was finely displayed before the Japanese crowd. Pacquiao bettered his mark to 23-1, 14 KOs. Terao, who had stunned the crowd with an unexpected draw with #1 ranked fly contender Kazuhiro Ryoko in his previous bout, fell to 9-3-1, a KO.
Veteran lefty Shinichi Komatsu, JBC #8 ranked welter, 147, withstood a shaky start, and began controling less experienced Masaru Numata, 146 1/2, to finally halt him at 1:57 of the 9th in a scheduled 10.
The hard-hitting Numata often caught the lefty with leading rights, winning 3 rounds in the first 4 sessions. But the tide turned from the 5th, as Komatsu caught the fading foe with combinations from all angles. The 9th saw Numata hit the deck with Komatsu's left and barely raised himself with a towel fluttering to save him from his corner. Komatsu, 29, is 11-9-3, 4 KOs. He had failed to win the national jr. welter title only to lose to Hiromu Kuwata twice--both on points--in 1994 and 1996.
Unbeaten Ieyasu Yashiro, soft-punching ex-All Japan high school champ,
105, scored a nearly shutout decision over Filipino Rogelio Lapian, 103
3/4, over 8. The lefty Yashiro bettered his mark to 5-0, no KO. Lapian
reportedly dropped to 9-8-1, 7 KOs.
Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
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