YAMANAKA RETAINS WBC 118LBS BELT; SCORES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE DEFENSE BY KO


April 23, 2014

OSAKA, JAPAN

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he displayed his strength in demolishing durable Belgian Stephane Jamoye (25-5, 15 KOs), 117.25, with four knockdowns at 0:11 of the ninth round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.@Yamanaka had him on the deck in the second, twice in the eighth and once more in the fatal ninth canto.

The 31-year-old Japanese registered his sixth defense since he acquired the vacant WBC belt by dispatching Mexican Cristian Esquivel in eleven hard-fought rounds in 2011. Except in his initial defense over Vic Darchiyan on points, he collected five victims all within the distance by demonstrating his power-punching and technical improvement.

Jamoye, 24, showed his mental resilience despite lopsided proceedings as he came out fighting toe-to-toe even after hitting the deck time and again. His fighting spirit won the praise of some 13,000 spectators at the Osaka Castle Hall.

Yamanaka, a stylish up-right southpaw, took the initiative from the outset, scoring with sharp one-two combinations to the still nervous and cautious challenger in the first round. The second saw the champ penetrate the Belgianfs high guard with a long and strong left that floored him on the seat of trunks for the mandatory eight count.

It was Jamoye that kept stalking the hard-hitting champ, who utilized his faster footwork and threw solid lefts to the onrushing challenger in the third and fourth sessions. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 40-35 by all the judges in Yamanakafs favor.

The Japanese lefty steadily piled up a point with his fine demonstration of solid and accurate southpaw lefts thereafter. Yamanaka sometimes extended his lead right to keep his foe from coming in, but Panamanian referee Hector Afu gave him a warning against it and finally deducted a point midway in round six. The crowd booed against his penalization.

Yamanaka, in round seven, accelerated his attack and battered the fading challenger with strong lefts to the face and the midsection. Badly damaged as he was, Jamoye gamely retaliated with a two-fisted attack which was averted by the champfs shifty mobility.

It was in the eighth that Yamanaka dug a vicious southpaw left to the solar plexus and decked him to the canvas. Amazingly Jamoye quickly stood up and retaliated with wild swings to the lefty champ who apparently wished to finish him then and there. Yamanaka had him on the canvas again with another solid left, but Jamoye regained his feet and gamely lasted the round.

After the turbulent eighth, the official scores were announced to be identical 79-69 by all the judges (Juan Carlos Pelayo of Mexico, Timothy Cheatham of US, and Noppharat Sricharoen of Thailand).

The very first punch the champ threw in the beginning of the fatal ninth, a smashing left to the belly, sank him, when the third man Afu wisely called a halt at the loserfs fourth visit to the deck. Time of the TKO was 0:11 of the round.

Jamoye, a good loser, frankly said, gYamanaka was a very strong champion. His left hand as well as his right was damaging. I previously fought the current WBO champ Tomoki Kameda, losing on points. Yamanaka may be much stronger than him.h

The jubilant champ said, gI wished to finish him earlier, but he was tremendously tough. Ifm happy to win before great many adherents from my native place Shiga.h

His promoter/manager Akihiko Honda said, gItfs hard to look for a competitive challenger to Yamanaka. I hope to materialize a unification bout with another organizationfs champion.h

Yamanaka was elected Boxer of the Year for his achievements of the previous year?three successful defenses all by knockouts?by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and our sports writers club. Out of eight current titleholders, Yamanaka may be the strongest in terms of his trail handfs power. He was like a Vicente Saldivar at the prime.

On the undercard, formerly two-time world champ Takahiro Ao (26-3-1, 12 KOs), 137, defeated Mexican Marco Antonio Lopez (23-4, 14 KOs), 136.25, by a unanimous nod (99-91, 98-94, 96-95) over ten.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.

(4-23-2014)


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