JAPANESE HEAVYWEIGHT KYOTARO DEFEATS FRENCHMAN RADEFF


December 18, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Japanese heavyweight champ, WBC#19 Kyotaro Fujimoto (11-1, 6 KOs), 231, scored a one-sided decision (80-73, 79-74 twice) over Frenchman David Radeff (5-9-2, 2 KOs), 209.5, over eight hot rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Kyotaro, formerly a K-1 (a sort of MMA) champ, seized the vacant national heavyweight belt by defeating more experienced Kotatsu Takehara by a unanimous nod in November of the previous year, beat ex-WBA interim super-welter titlist Nobuhiro Ishida on points and impressively dispatched Takehara in five lopsided rounds of his first defense in September. Kyotaro, a fast-handed speedster, often had Radeff at bay with his quick combinations but the Frenchman showed his heart and durability to refuse to go down until the end of the contest. Fujimoto displayed his improvement and may welcome a more prosperous 2015 with his constant effort.

In the main event, Filipino southpaw Dennis Laurente (49-5-5, 30 KOs), 152.5, acquired the vacant OPBF super-welter belt by surprisingly demolishing five-time national champ Tadashi Yuba (46-10-2, 33 KOs), 153.75, at 2:38 of the sixth session. In a confrontation of the 37-year-old veterans, WBC#14 ranked 154-pounder Laurente looked much younger and sharper in decking another southpaw Yuba in rounds three and six thanks to his superior speed and precision. The lefty six-footer Yuba, after a very bitter defeat, said that he would hang up gloves for good.

Promoter: B-Tight Promotions.

(12-18-2014)


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