JAPAN UPDATE


October 15, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Unbeaten female ex-OPBF light-flyweight champ Nana Yoshikawa (4-0, 2 KOs), 108, one of the prettiest girls in the ring here, decked her tune-up bout prior to her world title shot when she flattened WBC#15 contender Kledpetch Pumphanmuang (7-4, 1 KO), 107, with a single body shot at 1:43 of the second session in a scheduled eight on Monday (our national holyday of Athletic Day; October 13) in Sakai city, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Yoshikawa, formerly a well-experienced amateur boxer, had acquired the vacant OPBF 108-pound belt by demolishing Thailandfs Krikanok Islandmuaythai in the opening session this March, but renounced it in order to prepare for a world title crack. Yoshikawafs world title go will take place early in spring.

On the same Monday in Tokyo, unbeaten Japanese 130-pound champ Rikki Naito (11-0, 5 KOs), 130, kept his national belt as he outboxed and outpunched an aggressive but less accurate Shingo Eto (14-3-1, 9 KOs), 129.5, formerly world-rated thanks to an upset victory over then WBC-rated Ryan Sermona, by a unanimous nod (98-93 twice and 98-92) over hard-fought ten. It was more competitive than the official tallies indicated as Eto fought well and kept stalking the crafty southpaw counterpuncher all the way.

WBC bantam ruler, unbeaten southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) showed a public workout on Tuesday before his seventh defense against an official challenger Sriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16 KOs), ex-WBC 115-pound titlist of Thailand, on this coming October 22. Yamanaka, aiming to extend his KO streak to six with his belt on the line, looked sharp and swift in sparring with Filipino national champ Marco Demecillo over some rounds at Teiken Gym. It will be a good matchup as both can punch with either hand.

(10-15-2014)


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