February 23, 2016


Former Japanese champ Suyon Takayama (24-1, 8 KOs), 147, seized the interim OPBF welterweight belt when he disposed of game Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (19-24-3, 7 KOs), 142.25, with a vicious body shot at 2:53 of the sixth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Following the relinquishment of ex-champ Yoshihiro Kamegai, Australian Jack Brubaker acquired the vacant legitimate regional belt by finishing Chinese Xing Xin Yang in four rounds last August. Having retained his national 147-pound belt on six occasions, Takayama renounced it and participated in a title bout for the vacant interim OPBF throne. Dela Cruz, despite his mediocre credentials, fought well, exchanging hot rallies toe-to-toe in the close quarter, but Takayama had the upper hand, piling up points steadily. After the fourth, the open scoring system showed Takayama leading: 40-36 twice and 39-37. The sixth witnessed the Japanese dig a wicked right uppercut to the belly of Dela Cruz, who succumbed on all fours in agony for the count. A Brubaker-Takayama OPBF unification bout will be anticipated in the near future.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.


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