January 20, 2016
Tall southpaw Hiroyuki Shindo (17-3-1, 6 KOs), 147, acquired the vacant Japanese welterweight belt as he outpunched and outclassed shorter puncher Yasuhiro Okawa (14-12-3, 5 KOs), 147, to win a unanimous nod (96-94, 97-94 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Shindo had failed to win the national belt from Suyon Takayama on points in March of the previous year, and was given an opportunity to fight for the vacant throne renounced by his conqueror. Shindo often connected with sharp southpaw lefts, while Okawa, a free-swinging stylist, persistently kept aiming at the midsection with body shots and sometimes doubled him up. The elongated Shindo, however, controlled the second half except in the final session, when Okawa displayed a furious last surge and almost had him in great trouble with the bell coming to his rescue.
Former WBC flyweight champ, tough Filipino Sony Boy Jaro (42-13-5, 30 KOs) was scheduled to appear in the semi-final to the Shindo-Okawa title bout for the vacant title, but it finally didnft take place due to Jarofs failure to make weight against Yusuke Suzuki (6-2, 4 KOs) for an eight-round bout on Wednesday. Jaro, who had previously couldnft make weight twice, wasnft allowed by the JBC to fight this time?third time unlucky?as the Filipino finally scaled in at 119.25?still 2.75 pounds over the contracted weight (116.5 lbs). His manager Aljoe Jaro had a headache in his boyfs oft-failure in weight-making.
January 16, 2016
Unbeaten WBO#12 super-light Hiroki Okada (11-0, 9 KOs), 140, successfully unified the Japanese 140-pound belts when he swarmed over interim titlist Masanobu Nakazawa (18-2-1, 7 KOs), 140, from the outset and pummeled him into submission at 0:58 of the third session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Okada was forced to be inactive for ten months since he suffered a right thumb fracture during a sparring session last June, and his mandatory challenger Nakazawa seized the interim belt by squeaking by Masayoshi Kotake last September. Okadafs left uppercut to the face was an effective haymaker.
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