By Joe Koizumi
WBC#4 Japanese super-fly champ Daigo Nakahiro (20-2, 8 KOs), 115, kept his national belt as he pounded out a nearly lopsided decision (100-89, 99-91 and 98-91) over mandatory challenger Kenji Saegusa (18-8-1, 9 KOs), 114.5, over ten frames on Thursday in his native Hiroshima, Japan. Nakahiro, an intelligent sharpshooter (graduate of Hiroshima Univ.), quickly floored the game challenger with a well-timed left hook in the opening session, and continually took the initiative all the way. Saegusa inexplicably changed his stance to southpaw in this bout and kept on fighting in his unfamiliar stance only to lose almost every round. The speedy champ had him at bay in the last three sessions but failed to finish the fading but still game opponent.
Undercard: Koji Itagaki (8-1, 3 KOs), 108, came off the canvas twice in the third, and earned a majority duke (77-74 twice and 75-75) over ex-OPBF champ Genki Ohnaka (15-5-1, 8 KOs), 108, a tall and lanky southpaw, over eight. Itagaki fought back hard from the fourth on and battered the ex-champ to the punch down the stretch. Promoter: Hiroshima Sanei Promotions.