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Arisawa Keeps Japanese Super-Feather Title: Joe Koizumi

July 12, 1999
TOKYO, JAPAN - Hard punching KOJI ARISAWA, 130, scored a beautiful one-punch KO of determined and durable PANTHER YANAGIDA, 130, as he exploded a devastating right and produced a flattened pancake at 1:26 of the 7th round in a scheduled 10.

It's a grudge fight, as Arisawa had acquired the national throne by winning a hard-fought decision over Yanagida, a prospect from Fukuoka, last Dec.

Arisawa, making his 2nd defense, was cautious with his high and tight guard in the opening canto. But he turned loose from the 2nd round onward, pressing the action with solid double rights to the face and looping right hooks to the side of the belly.

Yanagida's durability won the admiration of the crowd, but the initiative was completely taken by the defending champ. Midway in the fatal session, Arisawa landed a very wicked left-right combination to embalm the game challenger.

Referee Asao called a halt immediately upon the loser's visit to the deck, as he realized that Yanagida would be definitely unable to beat the count. (In Japan, such a stoppage is registered as a Knockout, not a TKO.)

Arisawa, 22-1, 17 KOs, is a very popular boxer with his handsome look and always crowd-pleasing aggressive style. He is a Japanese version of Dave Boy Green.

Yanagida, who boasts of his previous 6-round victory over the currently world-rated Kozo Ishii in 1996, sagged to 13-3, 11 KOs. As Koji's final shot was so devastating, it turned out that Yanagida suffered a broken jaw at a couple of places and was hospitalized afterward.

Koji, a twin brother of featherweight campaigner Kazu Arisawa, is positively gunning at the WBA super-feather title against Mongolian Lakva Sim early next year. It will be a good card of game hard-hitters, if materialized.

Very lanky but speedy lefty ARASHI YANAGAWA, 114 3/4, finally caught JBC #7 ranked super-fly MITSUHIRO HARASHIMA, 115, and halted him with the towel tossed in at 2:27 of the 8th session in a semi-final 10.

This victory will surely make Yanagawa, ex-All Japan high school champ now managed by ex-world 108-lbs. champ Yoko Gushiken, enter the Japanese top ten.

But it wasn't an easy triumph for Yanagawa, a skinny speedster, who tended to mix up too recklessly and absorbed considerably much punishment despite leading on points due to his more accurate combos. He had better return to his previous outboxing style, otherwise he may taste some hard shellacking by our top-notchers.

Yanagawa, whose amateur mark was 65-10 with 28 stoppages, raised his pro mark to 8-1, 2 KOs with only his setback to Katsuhiro Akita (a recent victim by Melvin Magramo for the OPBF fly elimination bout in the Philippines) last Oct. Harashima dipped to 8-6-4, 2 KOs. Gushiken was successful in a good matchmaking for his boy to get a JBC's rating.

Taller boxer MAKOTO OKUBO, 134 1/2, fought to a split draw (78-77, 75-78, and 77-77) with YUICHIRO TSUKAWAKI, 135, over 8.

Okubo mixed it up and kept peppering the shorter foe, but Tsukawaki, a harder puncher, occasionally caught him with solid shots to shake him up effectively.

Okubo is 7-2-1, 4 KOs, and Tsukawaki 7-8-3, 3 KOs.

TSUTOMU TACHINO, 129, was the very first opponent of the current IBF super-feather champ Roberto Garcia who made a pro debut here in Japan with a 2nd-round KO win over him in 1992, and he scored such a bad knockdown of NATSUKI MATSUDA, 128 1/2, as the crowd thought it was over, but it resumed with Tachino KO'd with a countering left hook at 2:45 of the opening canto.

Matsuda is 5-1, 3 KOs, and Tachino fell to 5-4-1, a KO. Soka Arisawa Promotions. (7-12-99)


Joe Koizumi
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