By Joe Koizumi
Japan’s #4 lightweight Yuhei Suzuki (13-3, 10 KOs), 135, came off the canvas in the opening session, fought back hard and finally dropped Koji Yamamoto (15-9-2, 2 KOs), 135, twice and scored a come-from-behind stoppage at 2:49 of the eighth and final round on Sunday in Amagasaki, Japan. Suzuki had failed to win the national 135-pound belt from game and gutsy Yoshitaka Kato via close but unanimous decision in Tokyo this February. The underdog’s southpaw left floored Suzuki on the seat of trunks and the prefight favorite barely lasted the crisis in the first canto. The upright stylist Suzuki, however, connected with fast combinations to the face and midsection of the early starter, who gradually slowed down but occasionally caught the local favorite with his long southpaw lefts to the button. The final session witnessed Suzuki’s last surge that had the fading foe on the deck twice, when the referee didn’t bother to call a halt despite only eleven seconds remaining in the final stanza.
Unbeaten prospect, JBC#12 super-light Shohei Okuda (9-0, 4 KOs), 139, had a tough time coping with a tricky Thailander named Eaknampol Mor. Krungthepthonburi (17-9-1, only one KO), 139, but pounded out a unanimous decision (77-74, 79-92, 79-73) over eight.
Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.