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Ito wins WBC youth 135lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese, JBC#12 Masayuki Ito (12-0-1, 4 KOs), 134.75, acquired the vacant WBC youth lightweight belt as he lopsidedly battered Filipino southpaw Jeffrey Arienza (9-2-1, 4 KOs), 135, and finally halted him at 1:22 of the tenth and final session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The light-punching but busy Japanese youngster took the initiative from the outset, and piled up points with ease. His faster combinations were effective enough to prevent Arienza from turning the tables. Ito, in round nine, furiously accelerated his attack to finish him and bring home the bacon but temporarily lost his equilibrium, when the Filipino caught him with a countering left. Ito touched the canvas to suffer a flash knockdown, but he went on whipping the fading Filipino foe. The final stanza saw Ito overwhelm him with an unanswered rally that prompted the referee Fukuchi’s intervention.

10113ito001Formerly world-rated Yuki Chinen (14-1, 7 KOs), 107.25, made short work of ex-WBC international flyweight titlist Ryan Bito (22-12-3, 8 KOs), 106.75, polishing him off at 2:21 of the opening session in a scheduled eight. The lanky and much taller Chinen previously failed to win the vacant national light-fly belt, losing a disappointing decision to Ryoichi Taguchi here this April. But Chinen, from Okinawa, looked sharp and smart as he exploded a well-timed right cross to Bito, quickly dropped him and sent him sprawling to the canvas again. The ref promptly called a halt as Bito badly fell with a thud.

It was rare to see Filipino boys fight here in Japan. Jovylito Aligarbes (AKA Jovy Katsumata; 9-2, 3 KOs), 119, came off the canvas and fought back hard to eke out a hairline upset decision (76-75 and 77-75 twice) over Philippine bantam ruler Monico Laurente (23-9, 5 KOs), 118.75, over eight. Each kept missing plenty of shots, mostly hitting the air rather than the opponent.

Promoter: Katsumata Promotions.

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