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WBC #13 Kiyota keeps OPBF 168lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Muscular Japanese, WBC#13 super-middle Yuzo Kiyota (23-3-1, 21 KOs), 168, celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday as he impressively kept his OPBF 168-pound belt by dispatching previously unbeaten JBC top contender Hiromitsu Miura (9-1, 4 KOs), 168, at 2:00 of the sixth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Kiyota seemed to forget a nightmare of his first-round stoppage by Jameson Bostic in an ambitious quest for the OPBF light heavy throne a year ago with his fourth stoppage since. Miura, formerly a MMA battler with good physical power, showed an opening attack in the first session, but the more experienced champ defended himself with his tight guard and began to throw stinging lefts to the face of the willing mixer from the second on. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated the game challenger was leading on points: 39-37 twice and 38-38. Encouraged by the interim score, Miura turned loose with a flurry of punches in round five, when the champ cautiously waited for an opening, which eventually visited in the next frame.

Kiyota, however, became very aggressive with a fierce two-fisted attack, dropping the game challenger with a right-left combination. Miura regained his foot, but the champ’s vicious straight right stretched him prone with the towel fluttering from the loser’s corner. The 5’11” Kiyota, of course, doesn’t belong to the group of Super Six participants, but is steadily improving technically and physically.

WBA#11 flyweight Suguru Muranaka (17-2-1, 5 KOs), 111.5, decked game but overmatched Shota Gambare (9-3-1, 2 KOs), 111.75, four times prior to a fine TKO victory at 1:16 of the seventh round in a scheduled ten. The shorter Muranaka effectively scored with left hooks following persistent combinations, and decked a well-received triumph.

Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.

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