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Fujita retains Japan super lightweight title by stopping Ono in 3rd round

Aug 09, 2023 23:41 pm

  Champion Homura Fujita of Misako Boxing Gym stopped top-ranked Hayato Ono of Ishikawa Boxing Gym Tachikawa in the third round and retained his Japanese super lightweight title on Aug. 8 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.

  It was the 28-year-old Fujita’s first successful defense of the title he won by beating Cristiano Aoqui of Kadoebi Boxing Gym for the vacant title.

  The technical knockout of the scheduled 10-rounder came 2 minutes and 48 seconds into the round when Fujita floored Ono with a pair of right-hand punches. While Ono struggled to his feet to resume the fight, the referee stepped in to stop the fight immediately.

  After the fight, Fujita said, ‘’I threw my right-hand punches naturally. Since my jabs were effective, I thought I would be able to knock out my opponent around the middle of the fight. I want to have a big fight around the end of this year if possible.’’

  With the win, Fujita improved his record to 11 wins, including nine KOs, against a loss, while the 27-year-old Ono fell to a 12-5-2 win-loss-draw tally with 11 KOs.

  Meanwhile, Japanese super welterweight champion Yuichi Ideta of Misako gym earned a 10-round split decision over interim champion Rei Nakajima of Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club which was held as the chief supporting card for the Japanese super lightweight title fight.

  Two of the three judges scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Ideta, while the remaining judge had it 96-94 for Nakajima.

  With the win, the 38-year-old Ideta unified the title. Ideta was especially active during the latter part of the fight.

  Ideta was laid off for a while after he was found to be suffering from a detached retina in his left eye after his title winning fight with Makoto Kawasaki of RK Kamata Boxing Family Gym last November. The 25-year-old Nakajima won the interim title by stopping Hisashi Kato of Kumagaya Kosaka Boxing Gym last April.

  With the victory, Ideta improved his record to 17 wins, including nine KOs, against 16 losses and a draw. For his part, Nakajima impaired to a 6-2 win-loss record with one KO.

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