December 29, 2014


Time will tell whether Argentine veteran champ Omar Narvaez (43-1-2, 23 KOs) will give a lesson to unbeaten but less experienced 21-year-old Japanese Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6 KOs) or the youngster will dethrone the 39-year-old formidable titlist tomorrow in Tokyo, Japan. The WBO 115-pound belt will be on the line, as Naoya, participating in his only eighth pro bout, had renounced his WBC 108-pound belt and jumped up two categories to have a very ambitious shot at the second championship against such a formidable titleholder as gHuracan (hurricane)h.

Today we saw the weigh-in ceremony, where Narvaez tipped the beam at 114.5 pounds, while Inoue scaled in at the 115-pound class limit.

The officials are as follows: referee Lou Moret (US); judges Ulysses Glen (US), Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico), Lisa Giampa (US); supervisor Jose Izquierdo (Puerto Rico).

Also, we will witness a couple of WBC title bouts for the vacant championships beneath the main event. WBC#3 ex-flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10 KOs) will dispute the WBC light-flyweight belt (recently renounced by his junior stablemate Inoue) with WBC#1 Mexican Pedro Guevara (23-1-1, 15 KOs). Japan-based Venezuelan, WBC#1 Jorge Linares (37-3, 24 KOs) will aim for his third world belt as he faces WBC#3 Javier Prieto (24-7-2, 18 KOs) of Mexico in the lightweight contest.

The WBC officials are as follows:

For the Yaegashi-Guevara title bout,

referee Vic Drakulich (US); judges Burt Clements (US), Gary Ritter (US), Kathy Leonard (US); supervisor Duane Ford (US).

For the Linares-Prieto title contest,

referee Hernan Guajardo (Argentina); judges and supervior, same as the above-written bout.

It was fifty-five years ago that this reporter, as a boy boxing fan, was so excited a night before the world flyweight title bout between defending champ Pascual Perez and top contender and Orient champ Sadao Yaoita here in Japan. Yaoita inflicted a career-first defeat to the gLittle Gianth Perez in his fifty-first pro bout after he won the gold medal in the Olympic Games in London in 1948. Yaoita, a fantastic footworker, was greatly expected to repeat his triumph over the aging champ from Argentina and this time gain the belt.

The fact was too severe and strict for the young boxing-addict as Yaoita, who scored a flash knockdown in round two, became so eager to finish the champ that he exhausted his energy in the later stage only to be badly knocked out cold in the thirteenth round. The boy became shocked at the nightmare before his eyes, but it wasnft a dream but a fact. Perez displayed his real power with his title at stake and avenged his previous defeat by Yaoita. Strange enough, the only 4f11h champ Perez looked great and big after his spectacular knockout (which eventually resulted in his ninth and last defense).

Tomorrow we, Japanese fight aficionados, will watch the outcome of the Narvaez-Inoue bout with our great interests since the Japanese kid is such a vastly talented boxer-puncher nicknamed gMonsterh. Should Inoue capture the belt from Narvaez, he will be the first boxer that wins the second world throne in the shortest career (the eighth pro bout).


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