By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13 OPBF and Japanese super-welter champ Charlie “Ota” Bellamy (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 153.5, impressively scored a successful defense as he pounded out a close but unanimous decision (116-113 twice and 115-114) over highly touted southpaw Tadashi Yuba (37-6-2, 28 KOs), 153.5, making his attempt to win his fourth national belt, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Charlie’s two belts were at stake, but he retained both of them.
Charlie, a US ex-military worker now working here as English teacher, was some inches shorter than the elongated six-footer Yuba, who attempted to become the first man in history to seize four national belts in as many different categories. The shorter but more muscular champ jumped up to catch the towering target with better precision. After the eighth, the open scoring system showed it deadly even: 77-76, 76-77 and 76-76. Yuba, four years his senior with his better and longer experience, made a mistake in mixing up with the hard-hitting champ in the close quarter, as Charlie, 29, was obviously in command in three rounds of the last four to confirm his triumph and successful defense. It’s really a crowd-pleaser by all means.
In a companion tenner, WBA#9 Japanese national lightweight ruler Nihito Arakawa (18-1-1, 12 KOs), 134, registered his initial defense by halting rough-and-tumble Mitsuya Omura (13-5, 9 KOs), 134.5, at 0:54 of the fifth session. The lefty champ decked the onrushing challenger with a southpaw countering right hook to the button midway in round two, and easily dominated the contest with ease since then. Arakawa, 28, caught Omura with a vicious straight left and had him wobbling so badly that the referee declared a well-received halt.
Promoter: Hachioji Nakaya Promotions.