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Mar. 23, 1999 TOKYO-Korakuen Hall-WBC #6 ranked super-bantam and WBA #9 ranked bantam KOZO ISHII, 121 1/4, came up to Tokyo to appear at the Hall for the first time, and impressed the crowd with his clearcut demolition of Korean bantam champ PALMAN SHIN, 124, at 2:00 of the second round in a scheduled 10.

Ishii, one of the best prospects in Nagoya, completely outjabbed the Korean in the opening session. He displayed his devastating power in dropping him with a beautiful and powerful right cross in the fatal session. Though Shin barely regained his feet, he sank again with Ishii's merciless assault.

Ishii, still 21, boosted his credentials to 19-1, 14 KOs. He entered the world top ten by pounding out an upset unanimous decision over the then world-rated Yonghoon Lee in the previous year. Ishii, a short but hard-hitting prospect, is gunning for a shot at the world 122-pound throne in the near future. Shin fell to 6-4, 5 KOs.

UNDERCARD: Korean JAESOO LEE, KBC #2 ranked welter, 153 3/4, surprisingly decked Japanese HIROKI TOMI, JBC #3 super-welter, 154 3/4, with a big right, and controlled the fight thereafter to win a unanimous decision over 10.

Tomi, 13-4-2, 7 KOs, paid too much respect to Lee's wild swings, and threw few punches to lose a well-received verdict. Lee was not skillful, but overpowered Tomi to better his mark to 7-4, 2 KOs. Tenyu Maruki Promotions. (3-23-99)

-- Joe Koizumi

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