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WBC #12 SATAKE KEEPS OPBF SUPER-LIGHT TITLE|
By Joe Koizumi
February 12, 2001
AKASHI, JAPAN-Fleet-footed WBC #12 ranked southpaw Masakazu Satake, 139.75, kept his OPBF super-light belt as he convincingly dominated the last three rounds and pounded out a unanimous decision over Masaaki Morooka, 139.75, over 12.
Scored: referee Ichiro Uenaka 118-112, judges Takeo Harada and Hiromu Matsumoto 117-112 and 119-111 respectively, all for the lefty footworker, 11-2-4, 5 KOs.
Satake, making his third defense, wrested the OPBF 140-pound title by outlegging Korean Jongkil Kim in 1999, and retained it twice beating the OPBF top-ranked Aussie Steven Marks (KO10) in April and the former champ Kim (W12) in July.
The ex-basketball player Satake, 23, made good use of his footwork and outpunched the game but slower opponent all the way despite the challenger’s continual effort to stalk him. Morooka, from Tokyo, fell to 20-6-6, 8 KOs. Satake almost stunned him with fast combos in the 11th and 12th.
Takayuki Hirose, 118, dug a wicked left to the belly and sank Filipino Mohamad Nazeb, 117 1/4, in agony for the count at 2:38 of the second in a scheduled 8.
Junichi Ebisuoka, 110, unanimously outscored Filipino Joseph Villasis, 108 1/2, over 6.
Promoter: Kinya Yoshida’s Akashi Promotions.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
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