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Japan Update

Report and Photo by Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC female 105-pound champ Naoko Fujioka (10-0, 6 KOs), 112, impressively disposed of WBC#15 light-fly Maribel Ramirez (8-5-2, 3 KOs), 109.5, at 1:30 of the fourth session of a non-title eight on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, ex-amateur titlist now at 37, had the upper hand on the younger Mexican, whipping her with sharper combinations to drop her with a vicious left hook midway in round four. Fujioka accelerated her attack, floored her to the ropes and then finally halted her with the referee’s intervention. OPBF female lightweight champ Raika Fujin (25-7-1, 10 KOs), 132.25, defeated Mexican Cristina Sanchez (5-4, no KO), 132.5, by a unanimous decision (79-74 twice ad 80-74) over eight. Cristina fought well in the outset, but Raika was in command by a clearer margin down the stretch.

WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda, a Japanese southpaw, was originally slated to defend his belt against #8 Yonfrez Parejo of Venezuela in Osaka on April 7, but Kameda Promotions announced on Tuesday that he would take on #6 Juan Carlos Pajano of Dominican Republic instead because of Parejo’s inconvenience on business. However, it was again reported yesterday (Thursday) that Kameda would face another challenger than Pajano due to his expected visa problem. It is just three weeks away, and who will be the challenger against Koki?

March and April will witness many national title bouts in the Canival of Champions where our champs will be obliged to defend their belts against mandatory challengers. We now realize there are many national titlists in so many categories.

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