JAPAN UPDATE


ARAKAWA KEEPS JAPANESE 135LB BELT

September 24, 2016

Japanese southpaw veteran Nihito Arakawa (28-6-1, 17 KOs), 134.5, kept his national lightweight belt by diposing of overmatched Yusuke Tsukada (8-6, 3 KOs) at 2:14 of the sixth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Akakawa, making his initial defense, sent him to the deck with southpaw lefts three times prior to a well-received stoppage.


HAYASHI ACQUIRES VACANT JAPANESE 126LB BELT

September 24, 2016

Perennial contender Shota Hayashi (28-5-1, 17 KOs) finally acquired the vacant Japanese featherweight belt (renounced by Satoshi Hosono who will participate in an IBF eliminator for #1 on October 3) when he pounded out a unanimous decision (all 98-92) over Noriyuki Ueno (18-14-5, 5 KOs) over ten heats on Saturday in Nagoya, Japan.


IKEHARA RETAINS WBO FEMALE 105LB BELT

September 21, 2016

WBO female mini-flyweight champ Kumiko Seeser Ikehara barely kept her belt for the fourth time by eking out a split decision (96-94 twice for Ikehara, 94-96 against her) over 40-year-old veteran Kayoko Ebata over ten close rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.


WBO#3 FUKUHARA KEEPS JAPANESE 105LB BELT

September 19, 2016

WBO#3 ranked 105-pounder Tatsuya Fukuhara (17-4-6, 6 KOs) retained his Japanese minimumweight belt as he was held to a technical draw with former OPBF titlist Shin Ono (19-7-3, 3 KOs) because of his bad laceration on the forehead caused by an accidental headbutt at 1:40 of the third round on Monday (September 19) in Kumamoto, Japan.


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