Japan Update: Fiasco in Okinawa

By Joe Koizumi

This is a weekly report from Japan.

On June 2, in Okinawa, Japanese southpaw prospect Go Onaga (20-2-2, 14 KOs), 113.75, was awarded a win by disqualification over IBF #15 super-flyweight Ryan Ponteras (12-10-1, 6 KOs), 113.75, from the Philippines, at 1:50 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight. It was a competitive fight prior to a bizarre incident that Onaga, due to a rabbit punch, turned his back and hung himself over the top ropes, when Ponteras promptly battered him again from the back. The third man then disqualified Ponteras and raised Onaga’s hand.

In the main event, OPBF#9 feather Koseki Nakama (16-4, 7 KOs), 132.25, scored an important TKO victory over WBO#6 super-feather Jose Ocampo (17-6-1, 12 KOs), 131.75, at 2:36 of the fifth round in a scheduled eight. Nakama, the promoter’s son, hit the deck in round four, but opened such a bad laceration with legal punches that Ocampo couldn’t go on to be declared a TKO loser on cut.

Japan’s Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight category, Ryota Murata attended a press conference that he executed a promotional agreement with Top Rank Inc. on Monday in Beverly Hills, California. The hard-punching six-footer will make a pro debut in Tokyo in late-August, but will campaign thereafter to hone his fists in the US, which is very highly anticipated by our Japanese fight fans.

A dual OPBF title bout took place on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. WBC#12/WBA#13 super-bantam, southpaw sharpshooter Shingo Wake (14-4-2, 7 KOs), 122, successfully made his initial defense as he quickly dropped WBA#5 Eita Kikuchi (14-3-4, 6 KOs), 121.5 with a smashing left in the opening session and finally halted him at 2:24 of the ninth round. Wake swept all rounds prior to the stoppage by utilizing his speed and reflexes, with which he had dethroned previously unbeaten Yukinori Oguni on an upset tenth-round TKO this March.

Hard-hitting Japanese Hiroki Shiino (10-2, 9 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant OPBF bantam belt as he scored a spectacular one-punch knockout over Filipino lefty Dennis Tubieron (15-2-1, 6 KOs), 119.5, at 0:29 of the second session. Shiino, then WBC international champ, suffered a TKO defeat at the hand of Tubieron in the Philippines last September, and thus avenged his loss to the Filipino puncher with a fine triumph. Tubieron shamefully couldn’t make the bantam limit, so it was fought under the condition that Shiino could be a new champ upon his victory, while the OPBF title would be vacant upon Tubieron’s win.

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