IKEYAMA, KUROKI WIN WBO 102LB, WBC 105LB FEMALE BELTS


May 17, 2014

OSAKA, JAPAN

A female world title twinbill took place on Saturday in Osaka, Japan, with a couple of Japanese girls emerging victorious as new champions.

44-year-old Japanese Nao Ikeyama (14-3-1, 4 KOs), 102, became the WBOfs first 102-pound champ as she put on an incredibly fast pace and battered previously unbeaten Filipino southpaw Jessebelle Pagaduan (6-1, 4 KOs), 102, from pillar to post en route to a lopsided decision (99-91 twice and 98-92) in an elimination bout for ten hot rounds. Also, pretty Japanese southpaw Yuko Kuroki (11-4-1, 6 KOs), 104.25, captured the WBC 105-pound belt as she kept dancing all night and earned a close but unanimous verdict (96-94 twice and 97-93) over defending titlist Mari Ando (11-7, 5 KOs), 104.75, over ten.

When Fighting Harada upset and dethroned Pone Kingpetch to wrest the world flyweight throne in 1962, we had been at first amazed at Haradafs crazy opening attack and overheated initiative, thinking, gHarada will have himself punching out and exhaust himself soon without pacing himself properly.h The Japanese fighting machine, however, maintained his boiling hot pace until Kingpetch succumbed, sitting on the corner post without any more retaliation. Itfs the power of youth since Harada was nineteen. One of the judges, the late Nat Fleischer was so stunned that he admired the new champfs talent, saying, gThis kid will be a historically great boxer out of Japan.h Mr. Boxing was so right as he predicted Haradafs bright future featuring his upset coronation over the Eder gGolden Bantamh Jofre in 1965.

Ikeyama, a middle-aged woman whom the Japanese commission (JBC) had made promise to retire upon a defeat before the bout, became a Fighting Harada, as she kept throwing punches so continually in every round entirely in the combat. Where did the 44-year-old ladyfs abundant stamina come from? Though the hard-punching Pagaduan dominated the opening session by a slight margin, Ikeyama fully opened her engine from the second round onward, whipping and battering the game opponent upstairs and downstairs thereafter. Danrex Tapadasan, a good referee from the Philippines, might have stopped the one-sided contest early especially in round nine when Ikeyama so incessantly kept punching the fading foe with an effective two-fisted attack.

In the main event, cute and stylish southpaw Kuroki, 23, kept circling to the right due to the theory to avert the champfs solid right shots, and often connected with sharp lefts to the onrushing Ando, three years her senior at 26. After the fourth, the official tallies were perfectly split: 39-37, 37-39, 38-38. Kuroki continually made good use of fast footwork, outspeeding and outlegging the unsuccessful willing mixer. After the seventh, the open scoring system indicated that Kuroki was slightly leading on points: 67-66 twice and 68-65.

The hard-punching champ came out fighting from the eighth and attempted to swap punches toe-to-toe in the center of the squared circle, but Kuroki cleverly stuck to her initial fight plan and refused to exchange punches in the close quarter by utilizing her smooth feet. Though Ando was a prefight favorite, Kuroki thus upset the defending champ to seize the anticipated belt.

The newly crowned Kuroki called her mother into the ring and delivered the prestigious WBC belt to Mom as a gift for Motherfs Day. Necessity was the mother of acquisition.

Promoter: Futur Promotions.

(5-17-2014)


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