By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped defending champ Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs), 129.5, with a smashing straight left in the third round and controlled the proceedings with his constant aggressiveness to win a unanimous decision ( 117-112, 115-112 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan.
It was Aoh’s career-best performance as he maintained the initiative all the way against Tajbert’s occasional retaliation with his trademark left hooks. For Aoh, it was his second coronation, following his reign in the feather division.
After the fourth, the WBC open scoring system indicated 38-37, 39-36 and 39-35, all in favor of the underdog Aoh.
Tajbert was a good technical champ with fine defensive ability based on fast footwork and flexible body movement, as shown by the fact that he gained the bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. But the tide couldn’t be turned after his third round visit to the deck as Aoh aimed exclusively at the breadbasket, which turned out to be effective enough to have the champ slowing down as the contest progressed.
The tallies after the eighth were as follows: 78-74, 77-74 and 78-72, all for the aggressive southpaw Aoh.
Tajbert unfortunately sustained a gash over the left eyebrow in the sixth, and another near the first cut in the eighth. The referee Bruce McTavish, New Zealand, had the lacerations examined by the ring physician who allowed them to go on.
The German Tajbert displayed his resilience in the last four sessions, when all the judges shared their scores in favor of each that showed Tajbert was unable to overcome his early deficits on points.
Aoh cried for joy after he was declared the new champion. He revealed his talent in outhusting the technically excellent ex-champ tonight.
Unbeaten Mexican Carlos Cuadras (18-0, 16 KOs), 116, took just 1:45 of the first round to dispose of Sakchai Sorthanapinyo (12-4, 4 KOs), 117, in a scheduled six.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions in association with Shinsei Promotions.