By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese Naoko Fujioka (9-0, 5 KOs), 104.75, kept her WBC female strawweight belt as she twice dropped previously unbeaten game and gallant Mexican national champ Victoria Argueta (11-1, 4 KOs), 105, and pounded out a unanimous decision over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaki, Japan. Official tallies: Nopparat Sricharoen (Thailand) 98-90, Katsuhiko Nakamura (Japan) 98-90 and Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 99-90, all in favor of the hard-hitting champ. The referee was Suehiro Tsuchiya (Japan).
Fujioka, one of the best current female world champs out of Japan, fully displayed her hard-hitting ability as she decked Argueta with solid shots in the third and seventh rounds. Argueta attempted to score with roundhouse left hooks, but the champ’s elusiveness averted the challenger’s wild rallies but landed solid long blows to the Mexican’s face all the way. Argueta’s durability and gameness also won the praise of the well-packed crowd.
It was a charity event to encourage many victims of the previous earthquake that terribly ruined the north-east area of Japan. Fujioka, the pride of her native Osaki city, thus beautifully made her heroine’s return by showing her strength with which she distributed her power for people to rebound from the disaster. We realized that boxing could encourage local people as our boxing events are usually held in such big cities as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, etc.
OPBF lightweight champ Raika Fujin, 132.5, showed her superior power in demolishing Bas Sor.Thammachak, 129, of Thailand at 1:10 of the second session in a scheduled eight. Raika’s body bombardment was a haymaker.
Promoter: Tokashiki Promotions in association with T & H Gym.