JAPAN UPDATE


IBF#9 OGUNI DEMOLISHES #8 TAWATCHAI, OKADA KEEPS JAPANESE 140LB BELT

April 19, 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN

IBF#9 junior featherweight contender, ex-OPBF, Japanese 122-pound champ Yukinori Oguni displayed a fine stoppage of #8 Mike Tawatchai by dropping him twice at 1:09 of the fifth round in a scheduled ten on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Oguni, a stylish boxer, exploded a beautiful right counter to deck Tawatchai in the third and finally flattened him with a solid overhand right in the fatal fifth. It was Ogunifs career-belt performance to prove his improvement.

Unbeaten Japanese super-light champ Hiroki Okada chalked up a TKO victory over grudge rival, #1 Koichi Aso to score a TKO triumph because of the latterfs bad bleeding from both optical lacerations at 2:15 of the seventh session. Okada improved his ledger to 12-0, 10 KOs.

(4-19-2016)


NAKATANI, ISHIDA KEEPS BELTS

April 17, 2016

OSAKA, JAPAN

OPBF lightweight champ Masayoshi Nakatani kept his regional belt by a quick demolition of Makoto Aoki at 1:19 of the opening session last Sunday (April 17) in Osaka, Japan. Unbeaten Sho Ishida retained his Japanese super-fly belt by a majority decision (96-94, 97-95, 96-96) over Ryuichi Funai over ten.

(4-17-2016)


NONAKA, 38, KEEPS JAPANESE 154LB BELT

April 17, 2016

OSAKA, JAPAN

Japanese super-welter champ, puzzling southpaw Yuki Nonaka, 38, kept his national belt by a unanimous nod (97-93, 98-93, 99-92) over Yuto Shimizu last Sunday (April 17) in Osaka, Japan.

(4-17-2016)


ARAKAWA WINS JAPANESE 135LB BELT, OMORI SCORES COMEBACKING VICTORY

April 16, 2016

KYOTO, JAPAN

Former champ Nihito Arakawa dethroned Japanese lightweight champ Kota Tokunaga by dropping him twice en route to a unanimous decision (96-94, 95-93, 96-92) over ten in Kyoto, Japan, on April 16. In the semi-final, formerly WBO top ranked 118-pounder Shohei Omori decked a comebacking victory over Indonesian champ Espinos Sabu at 2:31 of the fourth session in a scheduled ten. Though rated atop, Omori suffered a quick TKO defeat at the hand of Filipino lefty Marlon Tapales only drop out of the WBO ratings from #1 to nowhere. But Omori, 16-1, 11 KOs, may zoom up soon to aim at the world belt again.

(4-16-2016)


NAKANO TKOfD BY EX-WBA CHAMP YONGSOO CHOI IN KOREA

April 16, 2016

DANGJIN, KOREA

After a thirteen-year inactivity, former WBA 130-pound champ Yong-Soo Choi made an adventurous comeback and decked a fine TKO victory over Japanfs Kazuya Nakano at 1:53 of the eighth session in Dangjin, Korea, on April 16. Choi, now 43, floored Nakano twice in the fourth and seventh rounds.

(4-16-2016)


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