JAPAN UPDATE


ISHIMOTO KEEPS JAPANESE 122LB BELT; BEPPU RUNS UNBLEMISHED MARK TO 14-0, 14 KOs; QUADRUPLE OPBF TITLE SHOW ANNOUNCED

Japanese 122-pound champ Yasutaka Ishimoto, making his second defense, retained his belt by a fine stoppage over Gakuya Furuhashi at 2:27 of the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo. Ishimoto once upset Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in Macao in 2013, but failed to win over Chris Avalos via eighth round TKO loss in an IBF eliminator in the same venue in Macao in 2014. Ishimoto acquired the vacant national belt by decisioning Yusaku Kuga in December of the previous year and kept it twice since.

Former WBA 122-pound champ, now campaigning in the feather category, Japanese lefty Akifumi Shimoda easily halted Filipino Gadwin Tubigon at 1:58 of the second session.


BEPPU RUNS HIS UNBLEMISHED MARK TO 14-0, 14 KOs

Upcoming welterweight hard-puncher Yuki Beppu extended his mark to 14-0, 14 KOs by dispatching Thailander Detnarongchai Sithdabnid at 1:23 of the opening session in a scheduled eight on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan.


QUADRUPLE OPBF TITLE SHOW ANNOUNCED

Shinsei and Ioka Promotions announced their joint venture in staging four OPBF title bouts at once in Kobe, Japan, on November 11. Unbeaten tall southpaw Shun Kubo will defend his 122-pound belt against Korean Jinwook Lim in twelve. OPBF lightweight champ Masayoshi Nakatani will face Filipino Allan Tanada with his belt on the line. Takahiro Yamamoto will risk his OPBF bantam title against Japan-based Filipino Mark John Yap. Ryuya Yamanaka will meet Filipino Merlito Sabillo in quest of the vacant OPBF 105-pound throne.

(10-5-2016)


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