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Former Japanese and World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific super lightweight champion Hiroki Okada of Kadoebi Boxing Gym hammered out a close but unanimous eight-round decision over fifth-ranked Japanese lightweight Izuki Tomioka of REBOOT. IBA boxing gym at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall on Dec. 14.
The nontitle fight was held as the chief supporting card of the day’s Japanese, WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super flyweight title match.
It was the 31-year-old Okada’s first bout since being knocked out by Javier Molina of the United States in November last year in California. Okada was also knocked out by Raymundo Beltran of Mexico in February that year also in California in a very close fight. Okada fought these bouts under the promotional deal with the Top Rank Inc. of the U.S.
For his part, the 23-year-old Tomioka fought his first fight since losing to Shuichiro Yoshino of Misako Boxing Gym last February for the latter’s Japanese lightweight title. Tomioka now has seven wins, two by knockout, against four losses and a draw.
After the fight, Okada, who improved his record to 20 wins, including 13 KOs, against two losses, said, ‘’I want to fight in the U.S. again. If I can once come through with a victory in the U.S., my supporter said I can get the momentum going, and I believe in what he said.’’