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Joe Koizumi

March 28, 2000

TOKYO, JAPAN-Elongated Australian jabber GUY WATERS, 168, impressively captured the OPBF super-middleweight title as he kept his left hand busy all night to win a unanimous decision over defending champ YOSHINORI NISHIZAWA, 168, over action-packed 12 frames.

Scored: referee Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan) 119-115, judges Brad Vocale (Australia) and Kazuo Abe (Japan) 119-108 and 117-111 respectively-all for Waters, 25-5-1, 11 KOs. Nishizawa fell to 17-12-4, 9 KOs.

The taller Aussie had failed to win the world throne thrice, losing to Dennis Andries in 1991, to Virgil Hill in 1993 and to Juan Carlos Gomez in 1998. But his bitter but more experience paid off. The 36-year-old Waters utilized his stinging lefts from the start and had the upper hand all the way. But the 4th saw Nishizawa, the 6'1" tricky puncher, retaliate well and pin Waters to the ropes with a barrage of punches in the 4th.

>From the 5th on, Waters kept outjabbing the stationary target to pile up points steadily. The Aussie had him at bay in the 10th, when he made Nishizawa groggy with a vicious left hook and his furious follow-up. The champ refused to go down with his determination and gameness.

Nishizawa occasionally displayed his retaliation, but the clever Aussie grabbed him to stop him from punching. Despite the rather lopsided proceedings, Nishizawa kept coping with the more skillful opponent until the end.

Japan's No.3 ranked flyweight HIROKI SHINOZAKI, 112, unanimously outscored Thailand's PAITON PLOYSAKDA, 111 1/2, over 10. The winner is 17-4-1, 5 KOs, and the loser is 6-5, 3 KOs.

Promoter: Yonekura Promotions.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi


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