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Yushi Tanaka keeps WBC Youth bantam belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Fumika Okuchi

Unbeaten WBC Youth bantamweight champ Yushi Tanaka (12-0-3, 8 KOs), 117.5, finely kept his belt as he outjabbed and outpunched durable Indonesian John Bajawa (13-6, 6 KOs), 115.75, all the way en route to a well-received stoppage at 1:06 of the eighth round in a scheduled ten on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. The stylish jabber Tanaka, 22, took the initiative from the outset and swept the first four sessions with ease so that the open scoring system announced 40-36 by all the judges after the fourth. Tanaka accelerated his attack and finally caught up with the game Indonesian with a vicious right, dropping the challenger with a thud. Bajawa, a year his senior at 23, gamely stood up and resumed fighting, but it was Tanaka that whipped the loser from all angles to prompt the referee’s halt. Tanaka, WBC#37 bantam, registered his second defense to his credit before his many adherents.

Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.

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