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Undefeated Lee decisions Fujita, wrests Japan super lightweight title

Apr 10, 2024 10:38 am

  Top-ranked challenger Kuntae Lee of Teiken Boxing Gym, landing counter lefts occasionally, hammered out a 10-round unanimous decision over Homura Fujita of Misako Boxing Gym in a highly touted bout and wrested the Japanese super lightweight title at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall on Apr. 9.

Lee (R) lands right uppercut late in fight

  While there were no knockdowns in the fight, the 28-year-old Lee, who has the Japanese amateur record of 62 straight wins during his high-school days, controlled the fight throughout by landing right jabs and counter lefts from his southpaw style.

  With the defeat, the 29-year-old Fujita failed in his third defense of the title he won by beating Cristiano Aoqui of Kadoebi Boxing Gym for the vacant title last April.

  While Fujita came out strong by working Lee’s body by occasionally switching his fighting style from orthodox to southpaw, the undefeated Lee moved side to side while landing left hooks to the body and straight lefts to the head.

  At the end of the fifth round, all three judges had Lee ahead by three points.

  While Fujita visibly moved forward in the sixth stanza, Lee landed a sharp counter left to the head, momentarily wobbling Fujita’s legs. Fujita hung tough and managed to survive the round.

  The two exchanged fierce blows the rest of the way with Lee getting the better of Fujita with his more accurate punches to the head and body.

  After the fight, Lee said, ‘’Though I’m extremely happy for the title, I cannot very well be satisfied with the content of today’s fight. Mr. Fujita was aggressive and was filled with spirit.’

With the win, Lee extended his unbeaten streak to seven, including two knockouts, and a draw. Meanwhile, Fujita fell to a 12-2 win-loss tally with 10 KOs.

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