By Joe Koizumi
WBA#6/WBC#15 lightweight, slick-punching Japanese southpaw Nihito Arakawa (19-1-1, 12 KOs), 135, kept his national 135-pound belt as he came off the canvas in the second round, fought back hard and finally halted fast-moving Hiroshi Nakamori (29-3-1, 16 KOs), 135, at 0:55 of the eighth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Nakamori, a winner of a previous tourney to decide the mandatory challenger in the Carnival of Champions, landed a beautifully-timed right to the button of the lefty champ, who, still dazed at the bell to end the second, went back to a wrong corner and sat down on Nakamori’s stool. But the champ came back to regain his usual rhythm and balance, and went to whip the game challenger with compact combinations. The busy footworker Nakamori was penalized a point for having hit the bewildered champ with an additional shot just after the bell to end the sixth session. The fatal eighth saw ref Biney Martin called a halt to Nakamori when the shaven-skulled champ accelerated his revenging attack.
WBA#11 super-welter Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; 16-1-1, 11 KOs), a US teacher of English living here, 154, retained his OPBF and Japanese 154-pound belts when he displayed his technical improvement and battered top contender Taisei Marumoto (28-10-1, 15 KOs), ex-OPBF welter boss, 153.5, from all angles to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:06 of the fifth round in a scheduled twelve-rounder. Charlie opened a couple of gashes over the left eye-brow of the 34-year-old Japanese veteran and penetrated his peek-a-boo guard with versatile combinations in the fatal session. Previously tense and slow, Charlie amazingly improved so that he could punch fast and smoothly this night.
Kei Endo (6-2-1, 3 KOs), a high school teacher of the national language, 140, dropped a dentist Satoshi Hagizaki (5-3, 2 KOs), 139.25, twice in the first and once more in the next, stopping him at 1:18 of the second round in a scheduled six. His victory showed word power is harder than teeth.
Promoter: Hachioji Nakaya Promotions.