#9 RANKED SUPER-BANTAM SATO STOPS KOREAN CHUNG IN 4
September 18, 2000
TOKYO, JAPAN-WBA #9 ranked
super-bantam Osamu Sato, 121 1/2, proved too powerful and
pugnacious for Korean #4 ranked Kyongsoo Chung, 122, dropping him
with a vicious left hook en route to a fine KO at 2:40 of the 4th
Sato, who had entered the WBA’s top ten due to his upset win
over previously unbeaten Russian Nikolai Eremeev here last
October, maintained the pressure from the outset, and overwhelmed
him with his superior power.
Sato scored his 18th
consecutive win and raised his fine mark to 22-1-1, 12 KOs.
Chung, who fought back well, fell to 6-3-2, 3 KOs.
Japanese #9 ranked minimum
Hiroshi Kasamatsu, 104 1/2, eked out a majority nod over Atsutomi
Maeda, 103 3/4, over 8.> Kasamatsu, 8-3, 1 KO,
piled up points in earlier rounds, which carried him to a hairline
Masaki Sawanaga, a
hard-hitting lefty from Kumamoto Prefecture, 140, floored Takejiro
Kato, 139 3/4, in the second and was awarded a majority decision
despite the latter’s last surge over 8.> The
winner is 11-4-2, 5 KOs.> The loser is 7-2-1, 4 KOs.