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Fujita wins vacant WBO’s Asia-Pacific featherweight title by decisioning Ambo

Jan 21, 2024 10:19 am

  The World Boxing Organization’s top-ranked Asia-Pacific featherweight Kenji Fujita of Teiken Boxing Gym pounded out a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision over second-ranked Joseph Ambo of the Philippines to win the vacant featherweight title on Jan. 20 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.

Fujita (R) fights mostly forgoing body blows in middle rounds

  Two of the three judges scored the fight 120-107 and the remaining one saw it 118-109, all in favor of the 30-year-old Fujita, who had a total of 10 major amateur titles with a record of 153 wins against 21 losses.

  The left-handed Fujita got off to a good start by landing right and left punches to the head and body. He delivered a low blow to his 27-year-old opponent in the fourth round, and Ambo, who was thrashing around on the ring, was given a five-minute rest.

  After the fight was resumed, Fujita visibly decreased body blows, and Ambo began to exchange punches at close quarters.

  In the 12th and final round, Fujita landed a right punch to the body with Ambo turning his back on Fujita. While the referee issued a standing eight count to Ambo, the Filipino managed to survive the round.

  With the win, Fujita extended his unbeaten streak to six, three by knockout, while Ambo fell to a 13-4-1vwin-loss-draw record with eight KOs.

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