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Japan Update: Miyao, Masuda victorious; Nonaka aims to regain belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBA female light-minimumweight champ Ayaka Miyao (14-1, 2 KOs), 102.25, engaged in a non-title ten round bout and impressively halted Thailander Yokfah Mor.Krungthepthonburi (9-7-1, 1 KO), 102.25, at 1:39 of the eighth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Miyao, a short but speedy girl, made good use of her faster hand and foot, battering the slower Thailander in every round. The ref finally called a halt to stop the one-sided affair.

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World-rated ex-OPBF 105-pound champ Shin Ono (18-6-2, 2 KOs), 108, appeared for the first time since his close decision loss to Katsunari Takayama in a quest for the IBF belt, and defeated Petchnamchai Sor.Kulawong (8-8, 2 KOs), 106, by a unanimous nod (60-54 twice, 59-55) over six. This reporter witnessed the smallest crowd, less than 500 at the Korakuen Hall, the number of all seats is approximately 1,600.

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Sparse crowd at Korakuen Hall.

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On Monday (August 4), in Tokyo, Japanese bantam champ Kentaro Masuda (20-6, 11 KOs), 117.5, impressively kept his newly acquired belt by disposing of ex-OPBF titlist Konosuke Tomiyama (24-7, 8 KOs), 118, by dropping him on three occasions at 1:39 of the third session in a scheduled ten. Masuda, formerly a karate expert, turned pro in 2006 and finally seized the national belt by beating Hiroshi Kawaguchi in Osaka last April. Masuda’s combinations were sharp and strong enough to destroy the more experienced Tomiyama who once had an ambitious shot at WBA 115-pound belt against Nobuo Nashiro, dropped the champ twice but suffered a come-from-behind TKO defeat in 2008.

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Japanese veteran southpaw Yuki Nonaka (25-8-2, 9 KOs) is gunning to regain a Japanese 154-pound belt in an elimination bout with Kengo Nagashima (14-10-2, 13 KOs), from Tokyo, in Osaka on this coming Sunday. Originally Nonaka was scheduled to have a shot against Takayuki Hosokawa on this date, but the southpaw champ was forced to renounce his belt because of undisclosed physical inconvenience. Nanoka, ex-OPBF titlist, is favored to acquire the vacant championship thanks to his superior experience despite Nagashima’s high KO ratio.

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