By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
In a ballyhooed confrontation of each four Japanese and Filipino warriors, the game and gallant visitors outscored our young boys by three to one on Friday in Kobe, Japan. All games were hot and competitive crowd-pleasers. Unbeaten ex-amateur prospect, OPBF#9 super-bantam Jun Kubo (5-0, 4 KOs), 121.75, was only a Japanese victor as he utilized his southpaw stance plus advantageous height and reach, and overwhelmed Filipino Renren Pasegnahin (6-4-1, 2 KOs), 121.5, with his speed and skills en route to a fine stoppage at 2:37 of the fourth session in a scheduled eight. Cleverly outpunching and outlegging the Filipino visitor, Kubo, an upright southpaw footworker, turned loose and connected with solid and sharp combinations, dropping him so badly that the referee didn’t hesitate to call a halt in the fatal fourth.
OPBF#9 flyweight, fast-punching Filipino Renoel Pael (14-1-1, 5 KOs), 113, survived a first-round knockdown and swept all other rounds, winning a unanimous nod (all 78-73) over hard-punching youngster Yuki Yonaha (3-2, 3 KOs), 113.5, over eight. Yonaha, formerly an amateur boxer of Toyo University, was a furious aggressor in round one, when he quickly floored the still nervous Filipino with a vicious right cross, which indicated he would bring home the bacon soon. But Pael, from the second on, kept sticking and moving well to avert the willing mixer who was too eager to repeat a Sunday punch in a rough-and-tumble fashion. As Pael patiently piled up a point in every round from the second, he regained his rhythm and relaxation in controlling the hard-fought affair.
Another competitive contest was won by OPBF#12 super-bantam, busy-punching Filipino Jhunriel Ramonal (14-7-3, 7 KOs), 124.25, who earned a split but well-received decision (78-76, 77-76, 76-77) over hard-punching southpaw Japanese Kota Fukuoka (15-5-2, 12 KOs), 125.5, over eight. Ramonal, in the opening session, had the shorter Japanese in trouble with a flurry of punches and maintained the pressure to the slow starter, but Fukuoka turned aggressive with his powerful lefts to the face from the third. Then it became a see-saw battle where each dominated a round in every other session. Fukuoka almost caught Ramonal with a barrage of solid punches that temporarily stopped the Filipino’s mobility and had him at bay. But the Filipino showed his superior speed and stamina down the stretch to be awarded a close verdict.
OPBF#4 minimum, Filipino swinger Roque Lauro (11-16-4, 2 KOs), 104.5, kept stalking a cautious fooworker Tatsuya Yamanaka (7-2, 2 KOs), 105, to score a split but logical decision (77-75, 77-76, 75-78) over eight. Lauro threw three times as many punches as Yamanaka threw, even if less accurate, and was an aggressor all the way. Yamanaka, 19, occasionally connected with fast left-right combos, but Lauro seemingly overwhelmed the less experienced youngster with air pressure of his numerous swings.
Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.