By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#12/JBC#4 Hiromasa Ohashi (20-8-3, 13 KOs), 121.75, amazingly wrested the OPBF 122 pound throne as he withstood opening attacks of WBC#5/WBA#14 defending titlist Rolly Matsushita Lunas (26-8-1, 14 KOs), 121.5, a Japanbased Filipino puncher. Ohashi decked him for the count with persistent body shots at 1:50 of the seventh round on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. Having failed to win the WBA bantam belt in Panama last year, Rolly showed his superiority in battering the less skillful challenger and piled up good points (59-55, 59-56 and 58-56) before the fatal seventh commenced. Ohashi’s non-stop body bombardments caught the champ, who knelt down and paid no efforts to raise himself up. Promoter: Heiwa Promotions.
Ex-world challenger Akira Yaegashi (11-2, 7 KOs), 104.75, acquired the vacant Japanese national 105 pound belt as he connected with solid straight rights with precision and pounded out a close but unanimous decision (96-95, 97-95 and 97-94) over JBC top contender Kenichi Horikawa (17-7-1, 4 KOs), 105, over ten on Sunday afternoon in Osaka, Japan. Myungho Lee (7-1, 3 KOs), 112, dispatched OPBF#9 Thaminkhao Sor Tharnthip (9-5, 4 KOs), 109.75, by dropping him three times at 0:59 of the second round in a scheduled ten. Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
Unbeaten Japanese #6 lightweight Tsukasa Takase (9-0, 6 KOs), 135, impressively decked a come from behind KO victory over Thai national champ Laimangkorn Chuwatana (5-1, 2 KOs), 134, at 2:45 of the fifth session in a scheduled ten on Sunday night in Osaka, Japan. Ex-world challenger and JBC#1 bantam Nobuto Ikehara (29-3, 19 KOs), 122, earned a unanimous technical decision (78-74, 77-75 and 78-76) over Kenji Niwa (9-12-3, 2 KOs), 121.75, at 1:50 of the eighth session in a scheduled ten. Ikehara previously had an unsuccessful shot at then WBA ruler Wladimir Sidorenko here. Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
Japanese super welter champ Yuki Nonaka (19-7-2, 7 KOs), 154, captured the OPBF 154 pound belt as he dropped compatriot defending champ Kazuhiko Hidaka (28-6, 20 KOs), 151.25, with a left cross and was awarded a unanimous technical decision (77-74 twice and 77-75) at 1:36 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. In their rematch of southpaws, Nonaka avenged his previous defeat on points despite flooring Hidaka also in the second session in October 2007. Hidaka, a muscular lefty, sustained a nasty laceration over the right optic, which kept streaming blood profusely as the contest progressed. Promoter: Shin Nihon Kimura Promotions.