KIYOTA, MURANAKA WIN OPBF, JAPANESE BELTS


December 10, 2013

TOKYO, JAPAN

Having been defeated by Robert Stieglitz in a quest for the WBO 168-pound belt in Germany last July, former OPBF super-middle ruler Yuzo Kiyota (24-4-1, 22 KOs), 168, regained the vacant regional belt that he had vacated as he took the initiative over compatriot Shintaro Matsumoto (10-4, 8 KOs), 168, opened a nasty laceration over the left eyebrow and halted him at 0:37 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The muscular Japanese, in round two, hurt Matsumoto with a vicious left hook and had the upper hand over the victim whom Kiyota had previously halted via TKO after the seventh. The ex-champ had him bloodied from a gash produced by a legal punch with a couple of examinations by the ring physician, who advised the ref that Matsumoto was unfit to go on.

In a supporting ten, WBA#8 Suguru Muranaka (19-2-1, 5 KOs), 112, wrested the Japanese national flyweight belt when he was awarded a hairline split verdict (95-94, 96-95, 94-95) over WBO#5/WBC#8/IBF#8 defending titlist Takuya Kogawa (22-3, 13 KOs), 112, over ten close and competitive rounds. Kogawa tried to outspeed and outbox the aggressive challenger, who caught the champ with a well-timed right to floor him midway in the third session. Since then, it became a really see-saw affair with each winning a point almost in every other round. Kogawafs visit to the deck cost his belt in the fourth defense and his high world ratings.

In a WBC female youth superflyweight title bout, a couple of Filipinas competed with Jovy Katsumata (10-2, 3 KOs) dethroning Angelito Merin by a fine TKO at 2:13 of the second round in a scheduled ten. Jovy dropped her compatriot and defending titlist once in the first and twice more in the fatal second session.

Promoter: Katsumata Promotions.

(12-10-2013)


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