lick-punching ex-Olympian Setsuo Segawa, 122, retained his
Japanese super-bantam title as he gamely responded to hot exchanges of
punches with Tetsutora Senrima, 122, and earned a unanimous decision over
Scored: Uchida and Sarasas both 98-95 and Asao 96-95, all for Segawa, 15-2,
6 KOs. Senrima, a year his junior at 31, fell to 19-4, 10 KOs.
WBC #20 ranked Segawa was in command in the first three rounds, outpunching
the willing mixer with precision without retreating at all. Senrima, the
more powerful infighter, concentrated on punching the breadbasket of the
champ, who occasionally countered the aggressive opponent-from the 4th to
Segawa, who had dethroned Manabu Fukushima via upset verdict in his previous
bout, dominated the last two sessions to confirm his close but unanimous
victory. Segawa, once Japanese bantam champ, was forced to renounce his
first national title due to his whiplash injury suffered at an auto
accident, but made a comeback to win his second Japanese throne in the
122-pound division. He is a slick-punching veteran, though he was often
castigated for his lack of stamina in later rounds. His defect of stamina,
however, was not revealed in this expectedly tough defense.
Japanese No.8 lightie Makoto Nawa, 135, pinned Yuji Kato, 135, to the corner
and battered him with solid combos, prompting the referee to intervene at
2:43 of the 7th in a scheduled 10.
The winner is 12-3-2, 5 KOs. The loser is 9-7-2, 1 KO.
Another ten-round bout saw Nobuyuki Doi, Japanese No.10 super-bantam, 122,
exchange a knockdown in the first round with Filipino Roberto Moreno, 119
1/2, and control it thereafter to win a unanimous nod (99-92, 100-92 and
Doi is 9-2-3, 4 KOs, and Moreno 10-6-2, 2 KOs.
Promoter: Yonekura Promotions.
PS This reporter has entered Las Vegas to serve as TV commentator of the
upcoming Lewis vs. Tua title bout on Saturday.