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2018-06-14
Teshigawara and Funai Win Regional Title Bouts
Pictured: Hiroaki Teshigawara


Earlier today in Tokyo, Japan, Hiroaki Teshigawara made his second successful defense of the WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title and former Japanese super flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific junior bantamweight title. Both knocked out former world title challengers.

WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Title-
Champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (WBO #7, WBC #21; 17-2-2, 10 KOs)
KO-5 2:41
Teiru Kinoshita (26-3-1, 9 KOs)
- Two-time IBF World junior bantamweight world title challenger Kinoshita is currently ranked #4 by the WBO Asia Pacific.
- Teshigawara has won his last five bouts- TKO-2 over journeyman Junny Salogoal, TKO-5 over hard-punching Keita Kurihara, TKO-10 over former WBO World title challenger and defending WBO Asia Pacific champion Jetro Pabustan, UD 12 over Jason Canoy, and now the KO-5 over Kinoshita.

Vacant WBO Asia Pacific Junior Bantamweight Title-
Ryuichi Funai (IBF #7, WBO #12, WBC #13, WBA #13; 30-7, 21 KOs)
KO-8 2:55
Warlito Parrenas (26-8-1, 23 KOs)
- Funai and former WBO World title challenger Parrenas are currently ranked #1 and #3 respectively by the WBO Asia Pacific.

In other bouts on the card. unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino successfully defended the Japanese lightweight title for the second time and debuting lightweights Kazuki Nakamura and Takumi Sato battled to a 4-round stalemate.

Japanese Lightweight Title-
Champion Shuichiro Yoshino (8-0, 6 KOs)
KO-9 2:49
Genki Maeda (6-3-1, 2 KOs)
- Maeda is ranked #7 by the JBC,

Lightweight Bout-
Kazuki Nakamura (0-0-1)
Maj. Dec. Draw 4
Takumi Sato (0-0-1)
- The scores were 38-37 for Nakamura, 38-38, and 38-38.
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt