Nihito Arakawa, Yoshitaka Kato Win Big at Korakuen Hall

By Hisao Adachi

At Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, the mecca of Japanese boxing since 1962, a capacity crowd of 1400 spectators, saw a great promotion from the Hachioji Nakaya Boxing Gym of Hachioji City in Tokyo. There were a total of seven bouts, with a twelve round main event for the OPBF crown.

In the ten round lightweight co-feature, #1 ranked Yoshitaka Kato (20-4-1, 5KOs, 26 years old and Kadoebi Boxing Gym in Tokyo) won by unanimous decision (98-93, 97-94, 96-95) over #2 ranked Takashi Inagaki (13-10-1, 6KOs, and 25 years old and Flash Akabane Boxing Gym in Tokyo) to win the vacant title that was left behind by Nihito Arakawa, who became the new champion of the OPBF on the same card. Kato is the only fighter to defeat Arakawa, by decision over six rounds in 2008.
Kato has won ten straight since losing a split decision to then-champion Akihiro Kondo in 2009. Kato suffered a fracture in the back of his left eye, but, overcame the injury after eye surgery.

In the twelve round main event for vacant lightweight title of the OPBF (Boxing Federation of East and Pacific), there was a war between two lefties from Japan and the Philippines. 
#6 WBA, #7 WBC Nihito Arakawa (21-1-1, 14KOs, 30-years-old and Hachioji Nakaya Boxing Gym in the city of Hachioji, Tokyo) was declared the winner by split decision over #1 ranked Filipino OPBF lightweight champion Jay "Fast" Solmiano (11-1-1, 7KOs, 24 years of age), who lost his unbeaten record with the loss. 

Nihito finished the fight with a swollen face while the Philippines boxer was almost unscathed. Nihito had trouble early when he was dropped in the second round. The hard-hitting Filipino was trying to hurt Nihito in every round, looking for a knockout, but the Japanese fighter stuck to his technical boxing to avoid the dangerous blows of the champion.

In the end, the outcome was razor tight. The scores ---- 115-113 for Nihito, 115-112 for the Filipino and 115-114 for Nihito.

Nihito said after the fight - "I was able to win thanks to my local fight fans in Tokyo. I want to be recognized as a worthy champion by making my next title defense against the  official challenger. I want to be the best without leaving any shred of doubt. Thanks to my sparring with Yuriorkis Gamboa, I know that I'm the kind of world champion who can get very far."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Michael Conlan: Now I Want Real Opponents - Top 10, Top 15 Hearn Erupts: Wilder Wants 60-40 For Joshua? F*** Off! Murata Admits: Brant Made Me Feel My Skills Are Limited Photos: Naoya Inoue, Emmanuel Rodriguez - Go Face To Face Photos: Katie Taylor Celebrates Big Win With Conor McGregor Farmer To Gervonta Davis: Why You Not Fighting? I Want You! Hearn: Canelo Has 11-Fight Deal, One of Them Will Be Andrade! Photos: Demetrius Andrade Proves Too Good For Kautondokwa Photos: Rob Brant Upsets The Odds, Stuns Ryota Murata Photos: Michael Conlan, Vladimir Nikitin Get Las Vegas Wins Photos: Maxim Dadashev Decisions a Game Antonio DeMarco Video: Arum Reacts To Murata's Big Loss, Pacquiao-Haymon Pact Video: Crawford's Coach Reacts To Pacquiao's 'Scared' Claim Hughie Fury: I'd Take April Date With Joshua in a Heartbeat Hearn: I Don't Want To Wait Until 12/1 For Wilder-Joshua Talks CompuBox: Rob Brant Throws 1,262 Shots at Ryota Murata Bob Arum: Congrats To Rob Brant, He Deserved The Win Andrade Drops, Dominates Kautondokwa For WBO Belt Rob Brant Shocks Ryota Murata For Title, Derails Golovkin Plans Emmanuel Rodriguez Edges Jason Moloney, Faces Inoue Next Katie Taylor Dominates Cindy Serrano, Wins All 10 Rounds Maxim Dadashev Decisions Antonio DeMarco Over Ten Yunier Dorticos Goes Twelve, Beats Tough Masternak in WBSS Tevin Farmer Knocks Out Tennyson With Body Shot In Fifth Kid Galahad Out-Boxes Toka Khan Clary, Wins IBF Eliminator Mike Perez Decisions Keith Tapia To Secure WBSS Alternate Spot Tommy Coyle Floors Kielczweski, Wins Unanimous Decision Michael Conlan, Esquiva Falcao, Vladimir Nikitin Win in Vegas Scott Quigg KOs Briones in Two, First Fight Since Valdez Loss Hearn: If Andrade Wins & Looks Good, He Could Become A Star Andrade vs. Kautondokwa - CompuBox Historical Review Anthony Yarde Drops Sequeira Three Times, TKO Win in Four Andrade-Kautondokwa - LIVE Results From Boston Johnny Garton Stops Gary Corcoran, Claims British Title Hearn: Andrade Still Wants To Fight Saunders At Some Point Tevin Farmer-James Tennyson: CompuBox Historical Review Katie Taylor-Cindy Serrano: CompuBox Historical Review Jose Zepeda Stays Busy at The Auditorio Municipal in Tecate Ryota Murata-Rob Brant: CompuBox Historical Review Nathan Gorman Gets Win, Beats Kamil Sokolowski In Brentwood

Latest Active Forum Threads