By Joe Koizumi
31-year-old underdog Shoji Kimura (22-2-2, 8 KOs), 122, surprisingly captured the Japanese super-bantam belt as he stunned the crowd with an unexpectedly quick demolition of WBA#8 prefight favorite Kazuma Miura (12-1-2, 5 KOs), 122, with a single left hook at 1:21 of the second session on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Who had expected such a clearcut knockout by soft-punching speedster Kimura? Miura had upset prohibitive favorite Akifumi Shimoda to win the national belt in a huge upset, and it was his initial defense to show it wasn’t a fluke. Kimura, piloted by ex-WBA fly champ Susumu Hanagata, is on the twilight of his career, having lost twice at his important stage and considering a farewell to the ring after singing a swan song tonight. The champ couldn’t beat the count to forfeit his newly acquired throne. Promoter: B-Tight Promotions.