YUBA RETAINS JAPANESE 154LB BELT


November 28, 2013

TOKYO, JAPAN

Do you know our immortal fistic hero named Tsuneo gPistonh Horiguchi? He was active between 1933 and 1950, having gained the Japanese feather thru middle belts to compile a great mark of 142-26-15, 87 KOs. He fought abroad in Hawaii in only five bouts (unbeaten) in 1936, and his real power at the prime wasnft tested at that time. The uncrowned champ registered 49 consecutive victories, which is still the unbeatable record here in Japan. Horiguchi was called gPistonh due to his perpetual motion like Henry Armstrong.

Like Piston, an elongated southpaw Tadashi Yuba will be immortally remembered as a sort of local hero since he scored an unparalleled record of having acquired Japanese national belts in five divisions from the lightweight category up. The six-footer Yuba (45-8-2, 32 KOs), 153.5, barely retained his Japanese super-welter belt as he struggled to eke out a hairline split verdict (96-95, 97-95, and 95-96) over perennial contender Yoshihisa Tonimura (16-9-4, 4 KOs), 154, over ten furious rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Having earned a split nod over Tonimura last February, Yuba, a 36-year-old veteran, faced his rival again with his newly gained belt at stake, but it again became a close and tough battle for Yuba. Tonimura, 30, was an aggressor all the way, while Yuba, moving to-and-fro, kept countering him with a less volume of punches. It was such a close affair as either could have been the victor, but Yubafs precision in swapping punches looked a bit better than the energetic but less skillful banger.

(11-29-2013)


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