December 13, 1999
OSAKA, JAPAN-The OPBF super-fly champ MASAMORI TOKUYAMA, 114 3/4,
successfully kept his regional title as he pounded out a unanimous
decision over Korean flyweight champ KWANGWOONG LEE, 115, over 12.
The lanky Japanese speedster had an upper hand all the way, as he
positively outjabbed Lee with precision and battered him with sharp
combinations almost in every round. Only Lee's durability prevented him
from being a KO victim.
Scored: referee Takeo Harada (Japan) 118-108, judge Ichiro Uenaka
(Japan) 119-107 and judge Kwangwoo Lee (Korea) 106-113, all for
Tokuyama, 20-2-1, 4 KOs. Lee fell to 5-2-1, 3 KOs.
(Remarks: Please distinguish the Korean challenger Kwangwoon Lee from
the Korean judge Kwangwoo Lee. Both had very similar names.)
Lee was penalized a point twice for holding in the third and for hitting
after the referee's order to break away in the 6th, while Tokuyama also
for hitting his opponent as the third man ordred them to break away in
The WBC #10 ranked Tokuyama had acquired the vacant OPBF title by a
split but popular decision over Thailand's WBC #11 ranked Pone
Saengmorakot last September, as ex-champ Raffy Montalban (AKA Mangoro
Ishimaru) was obliged to renounce his title due to a hand fracture.
Tokuyama is willing to face the ex-titlist Montalban upon his recovery.
Fast-rising hard-hitting prospect EIICHI SUGAMA, 125 1/2, sank
Thanlander SIENGTHIPYA SITSYASE-I, 127 3/4, with a single body shot for
the count at 2:09 of the opening canto in a semi-final 10.
Sugama, formerly All Japan novice king tourney winner, is 15-1, 13 KOs.
If his mobility becomes a bit smoother, he may be a brighter prospect.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
TOKYO-On the same night here at Korakuen Hall, Japanese super-feather
champ KOJI ARISAWA, 130, kept his national throne, as he furiously mixed
up with lefty veteran NOBUTOSHI HIRANAKA, 130, and finally made him so
groggy that referee Ken Morita intervened to save the latter at 2:14 of
the 4th round.
The champ, making his third defense, suffered gashes on the left side of
the skull and the eyebrow in the third, but he went forward and
overwhelmed the slower lefty with a flurry of body shots in the fatal
Arisawa is 23-1, 18 KOs with his sole defeat by Takanori Hatakeyama,
future WBA 130-lbs. champ, in March of the previous year. Hiranaka, who
had failed to win the world title twice against Eloy Rojas and Luisito
Espinosa, dropped to 18-6-1, 11 KOs.
Arisawa previously kept his national title that he regained, in his
first defense, as he survived a 4th round visit to the deck and
displayed a finest last surge to eke out a split but popular decision
last March. It's a grudge fight, but Koji showed his superior gameness
in overwhelming the durable veteran.
YOSHITERU OKAZAKI, 130, needed just 1:16 of the opening canto to polish
off Filipino REY MARSAN, 128 3/4, in a scheduled 10. Okazaki, managed
by Masahiko "Fighting" Harada, is 6-0, 6 KOs. This ex-amateur boy can
punch, though not yet rated by the JBC.
Soka Arisawa Promotions.
MAKOTO OHKUBO, 135, finished Filipino AGUI FRANCISCO, 132 1/4, at 2:32
of the second round in a scheduled 8. Ohkubo, stablemake of Koji
Arisawa, is 8-2-1, 5 KOs. The Filipino loser is reportedly 5-5-1, a KO.
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