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Obara, Tobe win vacant OPBF, Japanese belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Former Japanese super-light champ Keita Obara (11-1, 10 KOs), 140, acquired the vacant OPBF 140-pound belt as he withstood furious attacks of OPBF#2 Jay Solmiano (16-3-1, 12 KOs), 139, in early rounds and fought back to score a come-from-behind knockout victory at 1:50 of the fourth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The Filipino southpaw fiercely attacked the Japanese rival from all angles, but Obara weathered the opening storm with his tight guard and determination. The fourth witnessed Obara explode a vicious left hook to the temple of Solmiano, who hit the deck and resumed fighting to mix it up only to fall again this time for the full count. The powerful Solmiano, with the sturdy upper body, had an ill-fated night.

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In the first title go, once-beaten ex-amateur star Yohei Tobe (8-1-1, 5 KOs), 115, displayed his best form in halting WBA#13 Taiki Eto (13-2, 9 KOs), 114.25, at 1:58 of the ninth round to win the vacant Japanese super-flyweight belt in a scheduled ten. Tobe, who previously suffered a TKO defeat at the hand of Ryo Akaho, was very aggressive from the outset and had him staggering with faster and stronger combinations, piling up points steadily. Tobe, in round nine, accelerated his attack and floored him with a barrage of punches, when the referee Abe wisely declared a halt to halt the lopsided proceedings.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.




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