March 4, 2014


Unheralded underdog Takahiro Hosokawa (25-10-3, 8 KOs), 154, very astoundingly upset prohibitive favorite, five-class national champ Tadashi Yuba (45-9-2, 32 KOs), 154, to capture the Japanese super-welterweight belt by a majority but well-received decision (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) before the stunned crowd on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The elongated defending champ, 37, looked sluggish, slow and stale from the outset only to be outhustled by the 29-year-old challenger who probably no one expected to draw such an upset and win the belt. Unfortunate was Yuba suffered a bad laceration on the forehead with which his face was covered with crimson from the fifth onward. The six-footer had the shorter but stocky Hosokawa reeling to the ropes with a vicious uppercut in the closing seconds of round nine, but couldnft finish him to tide the turn then and there. Yuba, who had conquered the national light through middle belts, looked like another person than previously only to be battered by the game and gallant warrior. Yuba now lost his national belt for the fifth time and seemed fluctuating in good and bad form, but Yuba of this night looked most terrible in his career, frequently losing the balance to slip down by himself. Though not vastly talented as Yuba, Hosokawafs long and steady effort paid off.

In a companion title go, unbeaten Hiroki Okada (8-0, 7 KOs), 140, failed to extend his knockout streak, but won the vacant Japanese super-lightweight belt as he floored a durable southpaw Masayoshi Kotake (9-8-1, 5 KOs), 139.5, in the third and earned a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-92, 96-94) over ten. Okada, 24, was formerly a national high school champ twice, but he had a tough time coping with the aggressive and tricky southpaw who fought much better than expected. The belt had been renounced by ex-champ Shinya Iwabuchi, who lately defeated WBO#12 Jimrex Jaca via seventh round TKO last Friday. Should world-rated-to-be Iwabuchi and newly crowned Okada enter the same ring, it will be a very interesting bout of the hard-punchers.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.


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