Oct. 29, 1999
This reporter hereby apologies for this delayed reports, since he was
extremely occupied by serving as commentator of the De La Hoya vs.
Trinidad fight and the Tyson vs. Norris fight as well, his attendance of
the WBC Convention in Moscow and his participation in WBA KO Droga Show
in Caracas, Venezuela. I have been actually absent at my office for
about a month, which prevented him from regularly writing reports.
Yours truly will cover delayed reports of fights in Japan as well as the
WBC light flyweight title bout in which Yosam Choi wrested the title
from Saman Sorjaturong on October 17. The following are fight reports
on Japanese fights in October. This reporter will also send you another
reports on some important fights in September afterwards.
EX-WBC STRAW CHAMP KIATWANCHAI STOPPED
OSAKA-JBC #5 ranked super-fly KOJI FUJIWARA, 116 3/4, stopped ex-WBC
straw champ NAPA KIATWANCHAI, 116, at 1:40 of the 6th round in a
Napa, who previously fought Hiroki Ioka thrice in Osaka, didn't look
what he used to be, and suffered another defeat following one to Choluho
Senrima in Kobe since his comeback in his pursuit of just dinero.
Fujiwara bettered his mark to 20-1, 16 KOs with his sole defeat by the
current WBA super-fly champ Hideki Todaka when both were green 4-round
boys. Despite his excellent credentials Fujiwara-especially his suspect
chin--hasn't best tested yet.Napa impaired to 16-7-1, 8 KOs.
Green Tsuda Promotions.
OSAKA-JBC #9 ranked bantam AKIHIRO KANAI, 122, decked a 4th round TKO
win over JOJI NOBEYAMA, 121 3/4, at 1:41 of the 4th canto in a scheduled
Kanai ran his unbeaten mark to 7-0, 6 KOs. The loser dipped to 8-7-1, 2
EX-WORLD CHALLENGER TOGUCHI STOPPED IN COMEBACK FIGHT
TOKYO-Ex-world challenger and ex-Japanese champ TAKATO "PUMA" TOGUCHI,
118, appeared after a 474-day layoff but miserably suffered an upset TKO
defeat by unheralded MOTONARI KASHIMA, 117 1/4, at 0:21 of the third
Toguchi, who had fought Yuri Arbachakov in his bid for the WBC flyweight
throne only to be stopped in the 9th in 1996, was once advised by the
JBC to retire, but his appeal enabled him to return to the ring warfare.
Toguchi, still very popular among fight fans, was dropped by Kashima's
smashing right in the opening session. He was battered to the punch,
reeling from pillar to post, by the neglected underdog. The ref finally
declared a halt to save the loser from further punishment. Though
Toguchi still wishes his manager/promoter Keiichiro Kanehira to book him
again, the son of the late Don Kanehira says that he is very much
reluctant to do so.
Toguchi fell to 23-4, 19 KOs. Kashima, unranked by the JBC, bettered
his mark to 7-5-5, a KO.
Super-bantam prospect Osamu Sato, 122, chalked up a TKO win over Hitoshi
Nema, 121, at 1:03 of the 7th in a supporting 8.
EX-OPBF LT. FLY CHAMP YAHIRO DECKS HIS COMEBACK GO
TOKYO-Ex-OPBF light flyweight champ SHIRO YAHIRO, 112, made a successful
comeback after his inactivity for a year and 7 months, as he outjabbed
and outpunched Korean light fly boss PILKOO KANG, 112, over 10.
Yahiro, a lanky jabber, had suffered a bitter defeat in his third quest
for the world diadem, being stopped by the WBC light fly kingpin Saman
Sorjaturong in Yokohama in March of the previous year. Since then, his
manager Akihiko Honda advised him to hang up gloves for good, but Yahiro
insisted that he would continue fighting by regularly and rigorously
training everyday. Yahiro didn't look very sharp, but his superior
height and reach kept the Korean champ from scoring big shots.
Scored: 98-96, 98-94 and 100-93.
Yahiro bettered his mark to 24-4-2, 14 KOs. Kang dropped to 6-3, 3 KOs.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
OSAKA-Former Japanese national flyweight champ NOLITO "SUZUKI" CABATO,
114, decked a TKO win over Korean JUNGRO CHO, 114 3/4, at 2:42 of the
6th round in a scheduled 10.
Cabato, dethroned by Celes Kobayashi this year, showed his strength and
raised his mark to 38-18-4, 13 KOs.
RYU MORIOKA, the son of ex-Olympic bronze medalist Eiji Morioka, 154,
outscored SEISAI YOSHIDA, also 140, over 10.
Morioka is 10-1-2, 2 KOs. Yoshida fell to 10-11-4, 4 KOs.
RYUKO KEEPS NATIONAL SUPER-FLY TITLE
TOKYO-Japanese super-fly champ KAZUHIRO RYUKO, 115, barely kept his belt
on a technical draw with YOSUKE KANEISHI, 115, at 1:52 of the second
round in a scheduled 10.
The lefty Ryuko floored him with a solid southpaw left in the opening
session, but a collision of head happened with both steaming blood so
profusely to go on.
Ryuko is 10-1-3, 2 KOs. Kaneishi is 13-6-4, 8 KOs.
The OPBF #2 ranked light fly contender, unbeaten KOKI TANAKA, 109 3/4,
decked Filipino BEN ALVANEZ, 109 1/4, twice and for the count at 1:21 of
the third round in a semi-final ten.
Tanaka, 11-0-3, 7 KOs, is slated to meet Filipino Lolito Laroa for the
vacant OPBF 108-pound title in Tokyo on Jan. 15.
Matchmaker of Tanaka vs. Alvanez: Joe Koizumi.
OPBF FEATHER CHAMP IMAOKA DETHRONED BY WEHBEE
TOKYO-In a sensational and competitive bout, Australian TONY WEHBEE,
126, impressively scored a come-from-behind one-punch KO over defending
champ TAKEO IMAOKA, WBC #2 ranked contender, 126, with a single short
right to the button and sank him for the count at 2:35 of the 8th round
to become the new OPBF featherweight champion to his credit.
Both were tall and lanky 126-pounders. They put on a good performance,
exchanging sharp and solid punches. Imaoka utilized his better footwork
to be leading on points-referee David Chung (Korea) and Tom Ferrauto
(Australia) favoring the Japanese and Masakazu Uchida (Japan) sawing it
Wehbee, who kept stalking the fleet-footed champ from the start, finally
caught him with a wicked right, when he pinned Imaoka to the champ's
corner. Imaoka fell on the seat of his pants, but his damage was such
that he couldn't beat the count.
Iamaoka fell to 23-4, 12 KOs. The WBC No.10 ranked Wehbee, 26-5-1, 19
KOs, will jump in the WBC ratings thanks to this significant victory.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
KOSHIMOTO KEEPS NATIONAL FEATHER TITLE
MUNAKATA-Japanese feather boss TAKASHI KOSHIMOTO, 127, sank Korean
SUKHWI CHO, 127 1/2, with strong body shots at 2:10 of the 4th round in
a scheduled 10.
The tall lefty Koshimoto, 23-0-2, 13 KOs, is the promoter' son with his
father preparing to promote his shot at the WBA feather throne against
Freddie Norwood, but the negotiaition came to naught. Cho dipped to
16-10-3, 14 KOs.
Unbeaten DAINOSHIN KUMA, 131 3/4, JBC #8 ranked feather, pounded out a
lopsided decision over Korean CHONGYUL SON, 131 1/2, over 10.
Kuma is 12-0, 5 KOs. Son, KBC #7 ranked feather, dropped to 11-3-3, 5
Fukuma Sports Promotions.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
NUMAZU-Ex-WBC international champ ROCKY PALMA, fighting under the new
Japanese ring name of Rocky Ishikawa, 108, failed to deck his debut
here, as he was dropped and was held to a draw by TAKAHIKO MIZUNO, 108,
over 10. Mizuno is 10-3-1, 4 KOs.
Ex-world challenger and ex-national champ KIMIO HIRANO, 114 1/2, made a
successful comeback by unanimously outscoring Filipino RONNIE CANETE,
114, over 8.
Masahiro Teraoka, 134 3/4, decisioned Filipino Vic Galme, 132 1/4, over
OSAKA-Unranked SHIGEYUKI OHNO, 140, scored an upset TKO win over JBC
No.4 ranked KIYOSHI ADACHI, 139, at 2:49 of the 5th round in a scheduled
Adachi, a rugged hard-puncher, fell to 16-5-1, 10 KOs. Ohno bettered
his mark to 16-6-1, 8 KOs.
SONG KEEPS OPBF SUPER-WELTER TITLE
HIROSHIMA-The OPBF super-welter champ KOOKYUL SONG, 154, retained his
regional title, as he effectively battered less experienced HIROKI TOMI,
152 1/4, and finally halted him at 2:48 of the 11th round.
Tomi fought well by exclusivly aiming at the breadbasket of the champ,
who, however, piled up points with his combinations. Referee Ukrid
Sarasas, Thailand, declared a halt as Song battered the fading foe with
a flurry of punches.
Scored before the stoppage: Sarasas 99-94, Kazumasa Kuwata (Japan)
97-95, Jaekeun Kim (Korea) 98-94, all for Song.
Song is 18-2-1, 14 KOs. Tomi dropped to 15-5-1, 7 KOs.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
OKAYAMA-Having been stopped by Wandee Cho Chareon in a bid for the WBC
105-pound belt here last May, ex-OPBF minimum champ WOLF TOKIMITSU, 108,
engaged in a comeback go, but it resulted in a tough battle, though
winning on points over Indonesian AGUS RAY, 106, over 10.
It was a more competitive bout than expected, and Ray dominated the
final session by having him at bay.
Tokimitsu, WBC #8 ranked 105-pounder, is 14-3, 7 KOs.
Unbeaten KAZUNORI FUJITA, 131 3/4, JBC #8 ranked super-feather, extended
his unblemished mark to 10-0, 7 KOs by stopping HIROSHI MAE, 132, at
2:59 of the 4th round in a scheduled 10. The loser is 7-6, 4 KOs.
SHINICHI KOMATSU, 126, scored a TKO win over Inodneisan #1 ranked
super-bantam FRANGKY MAMUAYA, 123 1/4, at 2:03 of the 9th round to run
his mark to 12-1, 10 KOs.
DRAGON HIDEKI, 134 1/4, halted AKIRA FURUMI, 134 1/4, at 1:36 of the
10th and final round. The winner is 13-5-1, 7 KOs. The loser fell to
7-5-3, 4 KOs.
Kurashiki Moriyasu Promotions.
TSUKUBA-JBC #3 ranked bantam EIICHI OGATA, 120 1/4, decked a fine
victory before his local aficionados by finishing Filipino ALLAN MORRE,
120 1/4, at 2:19 of the 5th round in a scheduled 10.
WBA #11 RANKED FEATHER NAGASHIMA WINS OVER KOREAN CHAMP SUNG
TOKYO-Former OPBF super-feather champ KENGO NAGASHIMA, 128, appeared in
his first bout since he renounced his OPBF title, and earned a unanimous
decision over Korean feather boss YANGSOO SUNG, 128, over 10.
Nagashima, who decided to campain in the feather division from now on,
improved his mark to 15-1-1, 9 KOs.
Ex-Japanese middle champ NOBUNAO OHTANI, 157, registered a fine KO win
over Korean SOONBAE PARK, 158, at 0:34 of the third round.
Ohtani, who forfeited his national throne at the hand of the current
champ Naotaka Hozumi, is 14-3, 11 KOs.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
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