JAPAN UPDATE


November 29, 2013

TOKYO, JAPAN

Japanese heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5 KOs), 225.25, successfully kept his national belt as he outlegged and outpunched physically superior Kotatsu Masataka Takehara (9-9-3, 4 KOs), 230.25, and withstood his retaliation in later rounds, winning a unanimous decision (96-94, 97-94, 97-93) over ten hard-fought rounds in Tokyo on Monday (November 25). Fujimoto, formerly a K-1 fighter having entered the international styled paid ranks two years ago, displayed his hand speed and faster footwork to befuddle the slower opponent, who, however, furiously retaliated to dominate three out of the last four sessions. The six-footer Fujimoto, 27, suffered his sole defeat at the hand of Australian Solomon Haumono in a quest for the vacant OPBF belt, succumbing with a single shot in the fifth round last December. But he registered three victories on his comeback trail by defeating Frenchman Fabrice Aurieng (TKO7), Ugandan Peter Okello (TKO6) and Takehara. Fujimoto jubilantly said, gNext year I wish to fight stronger name opponents.h Good luck.

Ex-WBC light fly champ, veteran Mexican Edgar Sosa arrived here in Tokyo on Monday (November 25) to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne against Akira Yaegashi of Japan in Tokyo on December 6. Sosa, 34, has kept his good form, recently defeating Ulises Solis (KO2) and Giovani Segura (W12) in his six-bout winning streak to his credit. Yaegashi, a 30-year-old two-time champ who jumped up from the 105-pound category to the 112-pound class, may risk his belt against a tough opposition.

Japanese super-fly champ, WBA #3 unbeaten southpaw Teiru Kinoshita (19-0-1, 3 KOs), 115, retained his national belt when he was awarded a technical decision (50-46, 49-46, 48-48) over Ryuta Otsuka (13-6-2, 3 KOs), 114.5, at 1:27 of the fifth round in Kobe, Japan, on Sunday (November 24). The slick-punching lefty sustained such a nasty laceration over the left eyebrow caused by an accidental butt midway in round five that the third man called a halt after the ring physicianfs examination to take a technical decision.

On the undercard, formerly world-rated 130-pounder Kyohei Tamakoshi (32-8-6, 12 KOs), 129.5, made a fine comeback after his failure to win the national super-feather belt from Daiki Kaneko via ninth round TKO defeat last April by pounding out a unanimous nod (80-72, 79-73, 79-74) over Hiroki Yoshimura (7-8, 4 KOs), 129.75, over eight. Tamakoshi, in December 2011, scored an upset victory over then world top rated Dante Jardon in a WBC youth 130-pound title bout in Mexico. Since then, Tamakoshi, a tall boxer-puncher, lost only once to Kaneko for a couple of years. It is Jardon that will have an ambitious crack, on December 31, at the WBC super-feather belt against WBC titleholder Takashi Miura who is fresh from his give-and-take triumph over Sergio Thompson in his last defense in Mexico. The Japan-Mexico rivalry still goes on.

(11-29-2013)


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