Amnat Ruenroeng came up big on the road, handing two-division champion Kazuto Ioka with his first loss in taking a split decision in their flyweight title fight Wednesday evening in Osaka, Japan. Ioka prevailed 114-113 on one card, but was overruled by scores of 115-112 and a 'what the **** were you watching' 119-108 in favor of Ruenroeng, who makes the first successful defense of his flyweight belt. Ruenroeng remains champion as he improves to 13-0 (5KO) with the win. Included in his past is a 2007 amateur win over Ioka, who falls to 14-1 (9KO) in suffering his first defeat as a pro.
Japan's Katsunari Takayama retained his International Boxing Federation minimumweight title on Wednesday, beating compatriot Shin Ono with a unanimous decision by the judges.
Takayama, a former World Boxing Council minimumweight champion who also once held the World Boxing Association interim title, knocked down Ono twice in the 10th and 12th rounds at the Prefectural Gymnasium in the western city of Osaka.
It was Takayama's second successful defence of the 47.6 kilogram class title, which he claimed by outpointing Mexico's Mario Rodriguez in March last year.
The 30-year-old's record improved to 27 wins, 10 of them by knockout, and six losses.
For the 31-year-old Ono, the 10th IBF contender, it was his sixth defeat against 17 wins, two of them inside the distance, and two draws.
American judges Hilton Whitaker and Eddie Hernandez scored the fight 115-111 in Takayama's favour while Poland's Pawel Kardyni recorded it at 117-109.
With fast-changing footwork, Takayama dominated the fight against his left-handed challenger.
A flurry of blows to the face and body sent Ono sliding down from the ropes to the floor in the 10th round. Takayama staggered him to the verge of a knockout with more punches until the bell saved Ono.
In the final round, Ono buckled down after taking more blows for a count of eight.
"Ono's rhythm made me struggle hard until the middle stage. I am glad I could win through," said Takayama, who hopes to fight World Boxing Organization minimumweight (mini-flyweight) champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. to unify the titles.
"I have come back to the ring at home because I want to win titles in four different organizations," said Takayama, who has built his career abroad.
He gave up his Japanese professional boxing license in late 2009 to concentrate on fighting abroad, but regained the license in July last year after winning the IBF crown.
"I want to work harder still for that purpose."
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