December 13, 1999
TOKYO-Fast-moving Japanese HIROSHI NAKAJIMA, 105, had a tough time in
earlier rounds, but took the initiative in the second half and swept the
last two rounds to retain his OPBF minimum title on a split decision
over Filipino ALLAN LLANITA, 105, over 12.
Nakajima, now 14-1, just 1 KO, didn't look sharp in earlier sessions,
while the shorter Filipino occasionally threw heavier punches to the
nervous champ. As the contest progressed, Llanita became visibly tired
and slowing down. Nakajima aimed at the breadbasket of the fading
Filipino, and went all out for a kill in the last two rounds to confirm
Scored: referee Ukrid Sarasas (Thailand) 117-115 and judge Kazunobu Asao
(Japan) 118-112, both for Nakajima, and Vicente Rodriguez (Philippines)
116-112 for Llanita, reportedly 14-8-5, 5 KOs.
In a main event, Japanese welter champ TOSHIHARU KAYAMA, 147, retained
his national title as he whipped ex-national super-light boss JACKIE
KUWATA (previously fighting as Hiromu Kuwata), 145 1/4, over 10.
We thought it was obvious that Kayama unanimously beat the veteran
campaigner, so it was a great surprise that two judges saw it close and
another had it a draw.
Scored: Kazunobu Asao and Kazuo Abe both 97-95 for Kayama, and Ukrid
Kayama raised his unbeaten mark to 15-0-1, 9 KOs. His left-right
combinations occasionally made Kuwata rubbery-legged effectively.
Kuwata dropped to 24-6-2, 6 KOs. His light but many punches in the
close range might be evaluated by the officials. The ref was Masakazu
Matchmaker of the OPBF title go: Joe Koizumi.
FURUKAWA-CHO, GIFU-Ex-Japanese super-feather champ RYUHEI SUGITA, 129
1/4, returned to a ring warfare after a 13-month layoff due to a retinal
surgery, and decked his comeback by disposing of Filipino RENATO MORENO,
128 1/2, with a wicked body shot at 2:02 of the second round.
Sugita, managed by ex-WBC super-bantam champ, improved his unbeaten
ledger to 15-0-1, 14 KOs.
SHINOBU MATSUKURA, 114 3/4, chalked up a TKO win over YOSHIAKI MAKITANI,
113 1/2, at 2:40 of the second round in a scheduled 8. Matsukura is
7-2-2, 3 KOs. Makitani impaired to 6-4-3, a KO.
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