The CyberBoxingZone News

Joe Koizumi

November 30, 1999


NOEL ARAMBLET, WBA minimumweight champ, was scheduled to defend his belt against Japanese lefty SATORU ABE, 23-2-1, 10 KOs, in Nagoya, Japan, on Dec. 4. But the Venezuelan champ suffered so heavy flu that he was diagnosed-on Nov. 22-by three commission doctors to be unable to fight as scheduled. Having sold many tickets, the promoter Koji Matsuda was greatly confused by the champ's decision. Finally the impresario got a confirmation of Filipino JOMA GAMBOA, 26-5-1, 19 KOs, to meet his boy Abe for the vacant WBA interim title with the WBA's authorization. In the long fistic history here in Japan, we have never cancel any world title bouts once our promoters began selling tickets and the title goes decided to be telecast by some networks. Anyway, Gamboa's acceptance has saved the reputation of our boxing industry to our fight fans and TV world.

KOZO ISHII failed to win the WBA super-bantam title on a 12th round TKO by NESTOR GARZA in Nagoya on Nov. 21, but his positive performance was highly praised by the whole boxing fraternity here. Before the stoppage, the official tallies were even: 107-103 for Ishii, 108-103 for Garza and 105-105. This reporter saw it 105-104 for Ishii on a 10-9 basis in every round without scoring a 10-10. Ishii had the champ in trouble with a fusillade of punches in the 7th, but his less experience might have caused too high a pace in earlier rounds and he was slowing down in later sessions, though he won the 11th by a clear margin. Ishii, 21-2, 14 KOs, may zoom up as a bright prospect to fight in a bid for the world title again in the nearest future. Even our experts and press highly praised his power-punching and big heart.

FREDDIE NORWOOD, WBA featherweight champ, decided to put his title on the line against unbeaten Japanese lefty TAKASHI KOSHIMOTO, 23-0-1, 13 KOs, in Fukuoka, Japan, on January 30, 2000. Norwood, making his second defense after regaining the WBA title, will face a very tall and lanky opponent in Koshimoto, standing 5'9", who is the promoter/manager Hidetake's son. It will be an encounter of unbeaten southpaw. Norwood, nicknamed Li'l Hagler, boasts of his unbeaten mark of 35-0-1, 20 KOs. Koshimoto, who kept his national title six times, is a fast footworker with decent punch. If he can utilize his foot and quick hand, he may show a good performance against the short and unorthodox lefty Norwood, who is superior on power and skill in the close range without doubt.

Japan's sole world champ HIDEKI TODAKA will risk his WBA super-fly belt against perennial top contender and ex-champ YOKTHAI SITH-OAR, Thailand, in Nagoya in April, 2000. Todaka elevated his stock by beating previously unbeaten golden boy Akihiko Nago by a clear decision on November 7. Though Todaka now takes a rest, he will resume training next year and go to Los Angeles to train under the tutelage of his US trainer Mack Kurihara.

VEERAPOL SAHAPROM, AKA Veerapol Nakornluang-Promotion, the WBC bantam champ, will be obliged to enter the purse bidding with the top contender ADAN VARGAS in Mexico City on December 3. The cool and hard-hitting Thailander will be a favorite due to his superior skill and power, wherever he may fight the younger brother of ex-WBC feather ruler Goyo Vargas.

(Remarks) This reporter asked Mr. Edward Thangarajah, the coordinator for the WBC champ, why he had not registered his current ring name to the WBC office to avoid the confusion of his double names. His explanation was clear and self-explanatory. Edward said, "We don't like to endorse any sponsor's name in terms of the world ratings, whatever second name he begins to use." If it is Veerapol's policy, we must admit the difference of his ring name (Nakornluang-Promotion) and his original name (Sahaprom). Anyway, it is very confusing for us, record-keepers, that Thai boxer frequently change his second names upon new sponsors they get.

With respect to the number of world champs, Thailand is the leading country on the Asian fistic map. From the viewpoint of the number of fight cards, Japan is superior to any country in the Far East. Still 19-year-old WANDEE CHOR CHAREON, WBC minimum champ, has no schedule to defend his title yet, since his reputation become high with his very impressive 12th round stoppage of ex-OPBF champ Wolf Tokimitsu in Kurashiki, Japan, last May. No Asian promoters are willing to invite and book this upcoming and improving champ.

MEDGOEN 3K-BATTERY, WBC fly champ, is said to defend his newly acquired title against Korean national champ Kangwoong Lee in December, but Lee's manager Jaedo Yuh, ex-WBA junior middle champ, hasn't received any contract from Thailand, so finally accepted fighting Masamori Tokuyama in a quest for the OPBF 115-pound title in Osaka on December 13. If Medgoen really defends his WBC throne this month, Yuh will recommend another boy of his stable, Sangik Yang, WBC international light fly champ.

SORNPICHAI KRATCHINGDAENG, new WBA fly champ, was planning to defend his title in Thailand in December, but it seems to be postponed again and again. It may take place there in January.

-- Joe Koizumi
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