By Joe Koizumi
Latest Hall of Famer, Akihiko Honda, influential impresario of Teiken Promotions, presents a world title doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday) at the Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama City, Japan. WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (32-4-3, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting and slick-punching southpaw veteran, will make his initial defense against Mexican warrior Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (38-6, 22 KOs) in the main event. Today Nishioka, a handsome champ, tipped the beam at 121.5 pound, while Garcia, with a “macho” appearance, scaled in at the 122-pound class limit though still wearing tee-shirts. Both looked fine and well-prepared. The WBC officials are as follows: Referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines); judges Maximo de Luca (US), Gene del Bianco (US) and Thanawuth Pluemsamran (Thailand); supervior Edward Thangarajah (Thailand).
In the other world title bout, fearless warrior Yusuke Kobori (23-2-1, 12 KOs), will risk his newly acquired WBA lightweight belt against perennial top contender Paulus Moses (23-0, 17 KOs), from Namibia, in a highly-expected twelve rounder. Both were rather lighter than the 135-pound limit, as Kobori weighed in at 134.5 to 133.5 for Moses. Both looked highly motivated to win this game. The WBA officials are as follows: Referee Rafael Ramos (US); judges Derek Milham (Australia), Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) and Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand); and supervisor Jose Oliver Gomez (Panama).
Yes, four of the five officials are same as those who participated in the previous WBA flyweight title bout between Sakata and Denkaosen on the last day of the last year. They moved from Hiroshima to Tokyo on the New Year Day. No one likes to work here in Japan on January 1 through 3 (our traditional holidays) even in this country of workaholics, but the Hall of Famer Akihiko Honda thus presents an interesting dual title show to entertain our aficionados. (More)