January 10, 2000
WATANABE AND YUH DRAW IN OPBF LIGHT ELIMINATION BOUT
TOKYO, JAPAN-Japanese hard-puncher YUJI WATANABE, 134 1/4, and unbeaten
Korean and WBC #11 contender SUNGHO YUH, 134 3/4, battled to a
hard-fought split draw in an OPBF lightweight elimination bout for 12
Scored: referee Ukrid Sarasas (Thailand) 115-115, Masakazu Uchida
(Japan) 116-115 for Watanabe, and Chungwoon Chung (Korea) 116-115 for
We witnessed a pier 6 brawl throughout the contest. Yuh took the
leadoff from the outset, sweeping the first four rounds with his
aggressive opening attack.
The tide turned from the 5th, as the taller Watanabe began to find his
range and whipped the willing mixer with stronger shots. In a
give-and-take battle (that reminds this reporter of a fight in the
1950's), Watanabe seemed to have the upper hand until the 11th.
But Yuh displayed his desperate all-out retaliation to win an important
point in the 12th and final round. Without winning this round, Yuh
would have been a loser on points.
Watanabe, two-time world challenger who lost to Genaro Hernandez and
Wilfredo Vazquez in his bids for the WBA thrones, is 23-4-1, 22 KOs.
Yuh is 11-0-1, 5 KOs.
Their rematch will take place here in Tokyo on Apr. 10.
JBC #7 ranked feather TOSHIHARU SAOTOME, 128, fought to a disputed draw
with TETSUYA MATOBA, 127 1/2, over 8. Saotome is 16-8-2, 6 KOs. Matoba
is 7-5-1, 5 KOs.
JBC #7 ranked fly KATSUHIRO AKITA, 113, dropped a close but unanimous
decision to unranked TAKAHISA MASUDA, a lefty at 113 3/4, over 8. The
upset victor Masuda is 9-2-2, 3 KOs. Akita, who previously fought
Melvin Magramo in an OPBF fly eliminator in the Philippines, fell to
13-10-2, 2 KOs.
Matchmaker: Joe Koizumi.
TOKYO, JAPAN-Upcoming GOJI MUKAI, 126, decked a fine and quick TKO
triumph over ISAMU SAKASHITA, 126, at 2:15 of the opening session in a
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