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Hara keeps Japanese 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten ex-jockey aspirant, WBA#6/WBC#14/WBO#3/IBF#4 Ryuji Hara (16-0, 10 KOs), 105, kept his Japanese minimumweight belt as he came off the canvas in round three and dominated the following rounds to pound out a unanimous decision (96-91 twice and 95-92) over veteran southpaw Takashi Kunishige (25-10-2, only 2 KOs), 105, over ten clinch-studded rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Hara was just careless only in round three, when he took Kunishige’s southpaw left and hit the deck, though quickly regaining his feet. From the next round on Hara maintained the pressure and whipped the challenger with effective right uppercuts, though Kunishige repeatedly applied his notorious hit-and-grab tactics, which cost a penalization twice in the seventh and tenth sessions.

WBA#4 feather, three-time world challenger Satoshi Hosono (24-2-1, 18 KOs), 130, needed just 2:36 in the opening session to demolish taller southpaw Yuta Matsuda (9-9-2, 4 KOs), 129.75, for the count in a scheduled eight. Hosono failed to win the WBA belt due to a technical draw with Chris John in Indonesia last April, and was anticipating a rematch with the champ, but in vain. Hosono then appeared in his first since and exploded his power punches to deck Matsuda with solid rights to the button.

Unbeaten sensation, JBC #9 super-fly Ryo Matsumoto (9-0, 8 KOs), 116.75, dispatched Indonesian #10 Arega Yunian (7-3-1, 2 KOs), 116.5, with a vicious body shot at 2:46 of the second round in a scheduled eight. The tall and lanky hard-puncher Matsumoto was formerly national high school champ prior to his entry into the paid ranks. He is a good prospect worth watching.

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IBF#13 super-fly southpaw Go Onaga (21-2-2, 15 KOs), 115, finely displayed his sharpness in quickly dropping Takuya Miyamori (15-6-1, 2 KOs), 115, three times en route to an automatic knockout at 3:00 of the first round in a scheduled eight. Onaga was so sharp that he looked like the late Hiroyuki Ebihara, ex-world flyweight champ, who was called “Razor” in his prime.

Ex-Japanese 130-pound champ Seiichi Okada (17-4, 10 KOs), 132.25, showed his power punching when he sank Indonesian #8 Juniston Simbolon (12-11-1, 4 KOs), 134.25, with a wicked hook to the side of the belly at 2:20 of the third session in a scheduled eight. Okada once fought a grueling battle with Alejandro Sanabria in Puebla, Mexico, though he was finally halted in eight rounds in August of the previous year.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions




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