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Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi

WBC#23 super-fly Hiroyuki Hisataka (21-9-1, 10 KOs), 115, landed a devastating overhand right to JBC#3 Tetsuya Hisada (19-7, 9 KOs), 114.75, and chalked up a fine TKO victory at 1:49 of the fourth session on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Hisataka, 27, was previously unsuccessful in acquiring the world belts three times, losing to WBA flyweight champs Akifumi Sakata and Denkaosen Kaowichit, plus WBA superfly ruler Hugo Cazares. But the short but hard-hitting local prospect is still willing to fight for a world title shot for the fourth time.

Tall and lanky Hisashi Amagasa (21-4-2, 15 KOs), 125.75, kept his Japanese featherweight belt when he defeated game and durable Takuya Watanabe (15-4-1, 4 KOs), 125.75, by a unanimous decision (97-92, 99-90 and 96-94) over ten heats on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Standing at 5’10”, Amagasa was a recklessly willing mixer without utilizing his advantageous height and reach. He, as always, loved to swap punches in the close quarter, missing the target due to ex-WBC youth champ Watanabe’s right guard. He had better learn how to utilize his left hand more properly.

In July there happened many world title bouts held in Japan, featuring four with the WBA superfly (male and female), WBC fly and WBA super-feather belts on the line. In the month of Olympic Games in London, however, we will not see any world title goes but national and OPBF title bouts will be good attractions to our fight fans in August. JBC#1 Hidenori Otake and #2 Takafumi Nakajima will dispute the vacant national 122-pound throne (renounced by Masaaki Serie) in Tokyo on August 6. Nihito Arakawa (22-1-1, 14 KOs) will risk his OPBF lightweight belt against 41-year-old veteran Takehiro Shimada (27-5-1, 17 KOs), a two-time unsuccessful world challenger, in Tokyo on August 13. This summer will be as hot as our fight scene.




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