By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
It was a crazy Sunday with too many important bouts in Japan. In Tokyo, Naoya Inoue, a 20-year-old Japanese youngster, so brilliantly wrested the WBC 108-pound belt with such a fine demolition of Adrian Hernandez in six lopsided rounds, while WBC flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi kept his throne by a one-punch knockout of game and gallant Mexican Odilon Zaleta in nine competitive rounds.
The undercards were also entertaining contests with future champs therein. Former two-time national high school champ Takuma Inoue (just 2-0), 110, amazingly defeated WBA #4/WBC #5/IBF #5 Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-3, 15 KOs), 110, by a very unanimous decision (all 79-73) over eight. The 18-year-old brother of the newly crowned WBC champ Naoya also looked so talented and gifted that he beat up the more experienced son of the ex-world titlist from Thailand, battered him with more powerful combinations and piled up points very steadily. We look forward to the growth of Takuma Inoue as well as Kosei Tanaka of Nagoya, both of whom were good rivals in many amateur tournaments.
WBA #5 feather Satoshi Hosono (25-2-1, 19 KOs), 126, acquired the vacant Japanese national 126-pound belt by dispatching previously unbeaten Yuki Ogata (19-1-1, 3 KOs), 125.5, at 0:34 of the tenth and final session. The tricky Ogata had confused the onrushing hard-puncher in earlier rounds, but Hosono, three-time unsuccessful world challenger who didn’t lose in any other games but world title bouts with Poonsawan Kratingdaeng-gym (L12), Celestino Caballero (L12) and Chris John (Technial Draw 3), accelerated his attack and finally caught up with him with a flurry of punches to badly deck him once and finally halt him.
Tall and talented 115-pound hard-puncher Ryo Matsumoto (10-0, 9 KOs), 117.75, kept whipping former world challenger, shorter counterpuncher Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-12-1, 10 KOs), 117.5, by a unanimous verdict (79-73, 78-74, 77-75) over eight. Matsumoto, a Lalo Guerrero stylist with his good height, advantageous reach and hot aggression, took the initiative, battering the more experienced opponent all the way. Matsumoto is worth watching.
Roman Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs), 112.25, made a short work of Filipino Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 3 KOs), 112, halting him at 1:20 of the third round.
This card was presented by Ohashi Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium.
In Kariya near Japan’s third biggest city Nagoya, there were also important bouts in a couple of promotions at a same venue (Aioi Hall), as follows: In the afternoon show, fast-moving Japanese southpaw Daiki Koide scored a hairline but well-received unanimous decision (97-95, 97-94, 96-94) over OPBF ranked Filipino Jose Maxian over hard-fought ten. Koide will enter the OPBF super-lightweight top ten thanks to this fine victory.
In another show at night at the same arena, Japan’s #11 super-light Ryosuke Maruki (16-2, 10 KOs) earned a close but unanimous decision (all 96-95) over OPBF ranked Filipino RJ Ano-os over ten. His welterweight younger brother Ryosuke Maruki (8-2-1, 5 KOs) dropped a hairline split duke (97-94, 96-94, 95-96) to Filipino Jaypee Ignacio (11-17-2, 2 KOs) over ten. Heavyweight Kotatsu Takehara was awarded a split nod (78-75, 77-76, 76-77) over Frenchman Cyril Leonet over eight. It’s a highly competitive crowd-pleaser.
In Mimasaka, Okayama, OPBF #10 super-feather Filipino Adones Aguelo survived an early visit to the canvas in round two, and displayed a furious retaliation so continually that he finally halted Hiroto Fukuhara at 1:26 of the eighth and final stanza. Taller lightweight Kazuhiro Nishitami won a unanimous verdict (79-73, 80-73 twice) over Filipino Gabriel Royo over eight. Fukuhara was hospitalized after his come-from-behind defeat, but he proved he was all right.
It was an extremely busy day for JBC staff and a matchmaker who covered nine bouts to see hot competitions.