WBA#2 HOSONO KEEPS JAPANESE 126LB BELT


June 23, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Only twice beaten in world title bouts, WBA#2 Satoshi gBazookah Hosono (26-2-1, 20 KOs), 126, kept his Japanese national featherweight belt as he had a tough time coping with unbeaten southpaw Gosuke Seki (15-1-2, 3 KOs), 126, in earlier rounds, but regained his rhythm and composure, battered him with precision and power to halt the gory challenger after the sixth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Hosono had failed to win the WBA belts from Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (majority decision), Celestino Caballero (hard-fought unanimous nod) and Chris John (technical draw), Hosono gained the vacant national belt by dispatching Yuki Ogata with his last surge in the tenth and final round this April. The unbeaten Seki, 28, was a difficult opponent with good hand speed despite his lack of convincing power and he made a reckless opening attack to pin the champ to the ropes or to the corner. But Hosono, 30, took back the initiative with more accurate combinations to make Seki a bloody mess as the contest progressed. It was Hosono that battered the fading foe from all angles on the brink of a knockdown in the fifth and sixth. It was a wise and well-received stoppage since Seki looked too badly hurt to go on.

Undercard:

Unbeaten OPBF 105-pound champ Ryuji Hara (18-0, 10 KOs), 109.25, participated in a non-title affair and defeated Indonesian titlist Faris Nenggo (8-4-3, 2 KOs), 108.75, by a unanimous decision (99-91, 99-92, 98-92) over ten. Hara, a busy-punching speedster despite a lack of power, floored the taller Indonesian with a half-punch and half-slip effect midway in round five.

Ex-Japanese 130-pound champ Seiichi Okada (18-4, 11 KOs), 129.75, displayed his vaunted power in dropping Shunsuke Sato (7-16-2, 4 KOs), 129.75, three times en route to a fine knockout at 0:51 of the fourth session.

Unbeaten bright prospect Ryo Matsumoto (11-0, 9 KOs), 116.75, needed just 90 seconds to demolish Indonesian Zun Rindam (11-5-1, 5 KOs), 116.75, with a single devastating right shot in the first round of a scheduled eight. Matsumoto, a tall and hard-punching youngster, was once national amateur titlist before entering the paid ranks.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.

(6-23-2014)


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