June 4, 2016


Former world challenger, ex-Japanese national super-feather champ Daiki Kaneko (23-5-3, 15 KOs), 130, proved too sharp and scrappy for elongated compatriot Ribo Takahata, winning a unanimous nod (all 98-91) over ten nearly lopsided rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko once failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Takashi Uchiyama via unanimous decision despite dropping the champ with a furious combination in the tenth on New Yearfs Eve in 2013. Though raising his stock in spite of his hard-fought defeat, Kaneko, a well-proportioned boxer-puncher, failed to win the OPBF belt, losing a close but unanimous verdict to Jomthong Chuwatana (whom Uchiyama later dismantled in only two rounds in May 2015) and dropped a split duke to compatriot Masao Nakamura on points ?in succession. Kaneko this night regained his form, outpunching the taller foe and downing him to the ropes in round two. Though he positively maintained the pressure, Kaneko failed to score a lethal shot only to go the distance given winning good points. Kanekofs confrontation with the current national champ Kenichi Ogawa will be greatly anticipated.

Upcoming Masaru Sueyoshi (12-1, 7 KOs), 131.75, upset ex-OPBF challenger and one of Eto brothers, Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9 KOs), 132, by a unanimous decision over eight.


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