By Joe Koizumi
35-year-old veteran southpaw Tadashi Yuba (40-7-2, 30 KOs), 159.25, acquired his fourth national belt as he won the vacant Japanese middleweight throne by dispatching JBC top ranked Carlos Linares (8-2, 8 KOs), 160, a Japan-based Venezuelan, at 0:39 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a grueling bout as both displayed what they had to such a fullest extent that they became apparently exhausted as the contest progressed. In the first three sessions it was Carlos, the younger brother of formerly two-time world champ Jorge Linares that was in complete command to have the crowd sense that it would be a matter of time. Linares had the elongated southpaw at bay with his fine showing of resistless aggressiveness. The tide amazingly turned in the fourth as Yuba, obviously behind on points, attempted a do-or-die attack and fortunately floored the aggressor with a solid left midway in the round.
Yuba, in the fifth, went all out for a kill to finish the affair and bring home the bacon then and there, but Carlos furiously fought back to hurt the Japanese lefty. The sixth witnessed Carlos decked again with a one-two combo of Yuba, who, however, suffered the Venezuelan’s retaliation. After a give-and-take extravaganza, in round seven, Yuba had the fading Carlos sprawling to the deck—for the third time in the bout—and the referee Tsuchiya tolled the fatal ten. Yuba has acquired his fourth national belt to his credit since he previously dominated the light, super-light and welter belts here. He is the first Japanese that accomplished the remarkable achievement as he is a very tall and hard-punching southpaw, even if unable to reach the world level. Carlos, still 22, may deserve a rematch.
In another national elimination bout Daisuke Nakagawa (19-2-2, 15 KOs), 153.5, gained his second national belt in the 154-pound category, when scored a come-from-behind TKO victory over Yosuke Kirima (14-2-2, 10 KOs), 153, with a single left hook at 0:58 of the tenth and final round. Nakagawa once held the national welter belt and moved up to the super-welter division to celebrate his second coronation.
Ex-world challenger, WBA#10 lightweight Takashi Miura (22-2-2, 16 KOs), 135, earned a unanimous nod (78-75, 78-74 and 77-76) over game Filipino youngster RJ Ano-os (7-3-1, 2 KOs), 134.5, over eight.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.