By Joe Koizumi
WBC#5/WBA#11 light-fly Munetsugu Kayoh (17-2-3, 9 KOs), 108, making his fifth defense, very barely kept his Japanese national 108-pound belt as he was again held to a technical decision draw (78-74, 75-78 and 77-77) with WBC#10 ranked ex-world challenger Takashi Kunishige (19-3-2, 2 KOs), 107.5, because of the gory champ’s big lacerations over both eyebrows at 2:22 of the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The southpaws had battled in the national mandatory title go fourteen months before only to end in a technical decision draw (48-48 twice and 49-49). Both again repeated head-collisions, clinches and slips down to the canvas together to make the rematch so lousy as their first encounter that it greatly disappointed the jeering spectators. The fifth saw the referee penalize a point from Kunishige for neck-holdings, which eventually prevented the taller challenger from capturing the national belt. Who wishes to watch their rubber battle?
OPBF super-middle champ Yuzo Kiyota (17-2-1, 15 KOs), 168, easily kept his regional belt by overpowering previously unbeaten Korean Jaemyong Lee (9-1, 7 KOs), 167.75, to halt him at 2:49 of the second session in a scheduled twelve. The muscular Kiyota, making his second defense, took a single solid left hook of Lee in the first, but displayed his advantageous power to have him reeling to the ropes and prompt the ref’s intervention. Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.