The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire
|Celes Kobayashi Keeps Japanese Fly Title: Joe Koizumi|
July 3, 1999
Kobayashi, making his second defense, was a prohibitive favorite over the JBC #4 ranked contender Terao, who displayed his fighting spirit with his non-stop attack and confused the champ so greatly than expected.
But the champ covered himself up and scored with more accurate shots to the willing mixer. The 6th witnessed Kobayashi floor him with a southpaw right uppercut.
In the fatal 9th, referee Kazuo Abe saw Terao was fading too much due to his too hot pace in earlier rounds and absorbed much punishment, so declared a stoppage. It wasn't well-received by Terao's adherents, as he still looked to retain enough energy to go on.
Kobayashi, a durable but not so sharp lefy, raised his stock in his previous fight by demolishing sensational rookie Hideyasu Ishihara who attempted to win the national title in his third pro fight-in the 7th round last Mar. But he couldn't display as good a form as shown against Ishihara because of Terao's constant aggression.
Terao, whose father is a University professor, had been advised to quit fighting by his family, but kept fighting through his career, along with his previous kick-boxing experience. Terao finally made up his mind to hang up his gloves for good and for his family.
Kobayashi, 26, bettered his log to 20-4-2, 12 KOs. He had wrested the national title from Filipino import Nolito "Suzuki" Cabato in their rematch last Sept. Terao sagged to 10-5-1, 4 KOs.
Remarks: The real name of Celes Kobayashi is SHOJI KOBAYASHI, although the WBA ranks him as Setsuo Kobayashi, which is wrong. The WBA's correction of his name to either Celes Kobayashi or Shoji Kobayashi will be highly appreciated.
KOHEI MATSUURA TD7R MASAYUKI KUBO
Matsuura, a stablemate of Celes Kobayashi, began to remember his favorite hit-and-run tactics in the 6th, but it was abruptly stopped because of his gash.
Scored after the 6th: 59-56 twice and 58-57, all for Matsuura, 12-3, 2 KOs. Kubo, from Osaka, dipped to 8-6-2, 2 KOs.
MASAKI NAKANUMA TKO4R KENICHIRO HAMAGUCHI
Nakanuma appeared with a rabbit tail behind his trunks, and the crowd burst into laughter. The referee Masakazu Uchida, a stubborn person as well as the chief of the union of referees, halted the proceedings in the beginning of the opening session, and tore it off his pants to throw it away. All the spectators laughed again. If not Mr. Uchida, it might be allowed as a joke, but it was unfortunate that Nakanuma attempted such a daffy joke against the stone-headed Mr. Uchida.
Nakanuma, 14-2, 4 KOs, showed a good comeback performance, and will zoom up again in the flyweight ratings. Hamaguchi fell to 9-3-1, 3 KOs. Kokusai Promotions. (7-3-99)
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