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Yamaki upsets Anzai

By Joe Koizumi

Unheralded underdog Yuichi Yamaki (7-8, 5 KOs), 112, decked an unexpected victory over previously unbeaten prospect, JBC#8 flyweight Masato Anzai (10-1, 4 KOs), 112, by a quick stoppage at 2:48 of the opening round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. A time-keeper mistakenly had the gong sound at about 2:30, but the referee Uratani, without any reaction to the erroneous gong, admirably had it go on, as if he had a correct biological clock. He coolly allowed them to continue swapping punches for eighteen-seconds more and then declared a well-received halt. Had Uratani been the third man in the historically problematic Greg Page-Gerrie Coetzee heavyweight title bout in South Africa in 1984, he would have avoided a bizarre KO at 3:50 of the eighth round (though recorded as a knockout at 3:03 in the record books). Uratani’s interior clock might be more correct than the electronic time-keeper then used in Sun City (not made in Japan, hopefully).

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