Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten southpaw, WBA#7/IBF#7 Teiru Kinoshita (18-0-1, 3 KOs), 115, successfully kept his national belt as he outjabbed and outpunched veteran campaigner Junichi Ebisuoka (23-16-5, 10 KOs), 114.75, to win a unanimous decision (98-93, 99-91 and 98-94) over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. Ebisuoka made a good start, scoring with good rights to the lefty champ. But Kinoshita, making his fourth defense, took the initiative by making good use of the southpaw right hand as the contest progressed. The game challenger attempted to mix it up, but the champ countered with sharp lefts that precisely penetrated Ebisuoka’s guard time and again.
His manager/promoter Keitoku Senrima was once Japanese middleweight champ in 1980’s, when he twice went to Kronk Gym, Detroit, and was coached by Emanuel Steward to his credit. Senrima kept his national 160-pound belt five times, but was physically too big to make the middleweight limit. But Japan, at that time, had the heaviest class in the 160-pound division, and he had to struggle to make the limit as the champ. After forfeiting his belt, he had an ambitious crack at the OPBF light-heavyweight throne against Australian Gary Hubble only to lose a unanimous nod in 1985.
He produced former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa, who, however, parted company with Senrima while he was the WBC 118-pound ruler. For Senrima, Kinoshita is the second champ under his wing. With more power in his hands Kinoshita would be a stronger champ, but he is steadily improving his skills in exchanging punches toe-to-toe in the close quarter to overcome his opposition.
Promoter: Senrima Kobe Promotions.