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Celes Kobayashi Keeps Japanese Fly Title: Joe Koizumi

July 3, 1999
TOKYO, JAPAN - Game lefty CELES KOBAYASHI, WBA #11 contender, 112, was befuddled by the tremendous aggressiveness of unheralded SHIN TERAO, 112, but floored him in the 6th and chalked up a TKO win at 2:35 of the 9th round to retain his Japanese national flyweight title.

Kobayashi, making his second defense, was a prohibitive favorite over the JBC #4 ranked contender Terao, who displayed his fighting spirit with his non-stop attack and confused the champ so greatly than expected.

But the champ covered himself up and scored with more accurate shots to the willing mixer. The 6th witnessed Kobayashi floor him with a southpaw right uppercut.

In the fatal 9th, referee Kazuo Abe saw Terao was fading too much due to his too hot pace in earlier rounds and absorbed much punishment, so declared a stoppage. It wasn't well-received by Terao's adherents, as he still looked to retain enough energy to go on.

Kobayashi, a durable but not so sharp lefy, raised his stock in his previous fight by demolishing sensational rookie Hideyasu Ishihara who attempted to win the national title in his third pro fight-in the 7th round last Mar. But he couldn't display as good a form as shown against Ishihara because of Terao's constant aggression.

Terao, whose father is a University professor, had been advised to quit fighting by his family, but kept fighting through his career, along with his previous kick-boxing experience. Terao finally made up his mind to hang up his gloves for good and for his family.

Kobayashi, 26, bettered his log to 20-4-2, 12 KOs. He had wrested the national title from Filipino import Nolito "Suzuki" Cabato in their rematch last Sept. Terao sagged to 10-5-1, 4 KOs.

Remarks: The real name of Celes Kobayashi is SHOJI KOBAYASHI, although the WBA ranks him as Setsuo Kobayashi, which is wrong. The WBA's correction of his name to either Celes Kobayashi or Shoji Kobayashi will be highly appreciated.

KOHEI MATSUURA, a lanky flyweight boxer, 112, was obliged to mix up with the shorter MASAYUKI KUBO, 111 3/4, and his cut over the right eyebrow caused a technical decision in favor of Matsuura at 2:40 of the 7th round in a scheduled 10.

Matsuura, a stablemate of Celes Kobayashi, began to remember his favorite hit-and-run tactics in the 6th, but it was abruptly stopped because of his gash.

Scored after the 6th: 59-56 twice and 58-57, all for Matsuura, 12-3, 2 KOs. Kubo, from Osaka, dipped to 8-6-2, 2 KOs.

Busy-punching MASAKI NAKANUMA, previously fighting as Trash Nakanuma, 112, returned to action after a layoff, and scored a fine TKO win over KENICHIRO HAMAGUCHI, 111 1/2, at 1:14 of the 4th session in a scheduled 8.

Nakanuma appeared with a rabbit tail behind his trunks, and the crowd burst into laughter. The referee Masakazu Uchida, a stubborn person as well as the chief of the union of referees, halted the proceedings in the beginning of the opening session, and tore it off his pants to throw it away. All the spectators laughed again. If not Mr. Uchida, it might be allowed as a joke, but it was unfortunate that Nakanuma attempted such a daffy joke against the stone-headed Mr. Uchida.

Nakanuma, 14-2, 4 KOs, showed a good comeback performance, and will zoom up again in the flyweight ratings. Hamaguchi fell to 9-3-1, 3 KOs. Kokusai Promotions. (7-3-99)


Joe Koizumi
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