By Joe Koizumi
OPBF 154-pound champ, WBA#12 Charlie Ota (22-1-1, 15 KOs), 152.5, successfully kept his regional belt as he battered durable Korean Kyeongseok Kwak (10-8, 7 KOs), 154, all the way to win a nearly shutout decision (120-107, 120-109, 118-109) over twelve hot frames on Saturday afternoon at US Army Camp Zama, Zama city, Japan. Charlie (AKA Charles Bellamy), a US citizen living long in Tokyo, sent Kwak sprawling to the deck with a vicious body shots in round seven, and had him at bay down the stretch. The unique event at the US military camp, presented by Katsumata Promotions, were open to general people that entered the camp to enjoy a cherry blossom festival. It was a good show.
On the same Saturday, at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japanese 130-pound ruler Daiki Kaneko (18-2-3, 11 KOs), 129.75, kept his national belt when he dropped WBC#8 Kyohei Tamakoshi (31-8-6, 12 KOs), 129.5, with a wicked left hook at the closing seconds of the fifth and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 1:39 of the ninth session. Surprisingly, ex-WBA 122-pound champ Akifumi Shimoda (27-3-2, 12 KOs), 124, was held to a majority draw (95-95, 96-96, 97-94 for him) by ex-OPBF ruler Roli Gasca (19-4-1, 5 KOs), 123.25, a free-swinging Filipino puncher, over ten. Shimoda looked fast as usual in the first three rounds, but roughly mixed it up with Gasca, who scored well with looking left hooks in the last three sessions.