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Ohba keeps Japanese bantam belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

IBF#6/WBO#9/WBC#13 bantamweight Kohei Ohba (35-2, 14 KOs), 117.75, impressively retained his Japanese national belt as he quickly floored JBC#10 Yuji Hasegawa (8-3, 2 KOs), 118, on three occasions before he finally halted him at 2:56 of the fourth session on Friday in Kobe, Japan. Ohba, making his second defense of his second reign, looked tremendously sharp in dropping the awkward and nervous challenger with a solid right in the opening session. Ohba, a Floyd Mayweather stylist, didn’t spend time by toying with his opponent as usual but seriously tried to positively throw fast combinations of the overmatched challenger upstairs and downstairs. The third session witnessed Ohba land another effective combo and send him sprawling to the deck for the second time. Ohba, in the fatal fourth, exploded a vicious left hook following a sharp right and had him on the canvas for the third time in the contest, and the referee didn’t hesitate to wave it off as Hasegawa was unfit to go on.


Busy-punching bantam Ryotaro Kawabata, 118, earned a unanimous decision over Korean champ Bum-Young Lee, 118, over eight. Unbeaten southpaw Shohei Omori, 117.5, needed just 2:11 of the first round to polish off veteran Filipino Albert Alcoy, 116.5, in a scheduled eight. Omori, now 10-0, 6 KOs, is a very tall southpaw and looked promising as he can punch. In his only third pro bout, another southpaw prospect Shun Kubo, 121.75, defeated Filipino national champ Monico Laurente, 121.5, by a unanimous decision (79-73, 79-74, 78-75) over eight.

Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.

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