June 9, 2016


Unbeaten Australian Dwight Ritchie (14-0-4NC, only one KO), 158.75, captured the OPBF middleweight belt as he scored a nearly shutout decision (119-109, 118-110 twice) over defending champ Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7 KOs), 160, over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. For Japanese fight fans it was a horrible and disgraceful scene that our champ Nishida, too stiff and nervous, forfeited his belt in such a disappointing fashion since he seldom threw punches in the first eight rounds given Ritchiefs elusiveness coupled with his shifty footwork and constant jabbing. Nishida, in every round before the ninth, lost a point without doing anything but stalking the footworker without throwing punches. After the eighth, the official tallies were announced as 79-73 twice and 78-74, all in favor of Ritchie, a soft-punching but fast-moving speedster. The last four rounds witnessed Nishida barely started his engine, which was too late to overcome his great deficits on points. Although Nishida dethroned the OPBF champ Akio Shibata and forced him into a farewell to the ring action last March, he lost his belt in his initial defense and had the audience greatly disappointed at his unsatisfactory performance. Dwight displayed his Eisenhower dominance on his D-Day.


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