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Horikawa and Yabuki Win Light Flyweight Titles
Pictured: Kenichi Horikawa

This past weekend in Japan, world ranked light flyweight contenders Kenichi Horikawa and Masamichi Yabuki added to their credentials by winning the vacant OPBF and vacant Japanese titles respectively. The 40-year-old Horikawa stopped Daiki Tomita in the 10th round Saturday in Kobe and Yabuki, fighting Sunday in Kariya, knocked out Tsuyoshi Sato in the opening round.

The undercard to Horikawa-Tomita included a Japanese female atomweight tiltle bout won by Kaori Nagai and on the Kariya card, 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year finalist Takumi Chono halted journeyman Takefumi Higashi.

Saturday, July 25, 2020-

Central Gym, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan-

Vacant OPBF Light Flyweight Title-
Kenichi Horikawa (WBC #8, IBF #12; 41-16-1, 14 KOs)
TKO-10 1:47
Daiki Tomita (WBO #14, WBC #40; 14-2, 5 KOs)
- Coming into the bout, Tomita and Horikawa were ranked by the OPBF as the #1 and #8 light flyweight contenders respectively.
- Horikawa was leading 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36 after 4 rounds and 78-74, 78-74, and 80-72 after 8.

Vacant Japanese Female Atomweight Title-
Kaori Nagai (5-2-3, 2 KOs)
Maj. Dec. 6
Momoko Kanda (10-13-2, 4 KOs)
- The scores were 57-57, 58-56, and 58-56.

Sunday, July 26, 2020-

Aioi Hall, Kariya, Aichi, Japan-

Sunday, July 26-

Vacant Japanese Light Flyweight Title-
Masamichi Yabuki (WBC #4; 11-3, 11 KOs)
KO-1 2:55
Tsuyoshi Sato (WBC #33; 10-2-1, 5 KOs)
- Yabuki and Sato came into the bout as the JBC's #1 and #2 ranked light flyweight contenders respectively.
- Yabuki floored Sato twice, the second time for the full ten-count.

Minimumweight Bout-
Takumi Chono (6-1, 4 KOs)
TKO-1 1:29
Takefumi Higashi (5-9, 1 KO)
- The 22-year-old Chono was fighting for the first time since suffering his only loss. He had been unanimously outpointed over five rounds by undefeated Katsuki Mori in the All Japan Rookie of the Year finals last December 22.
- Chono floored Higashi with a thunderous right. Higashi beat the count but was ruled to be in no condition to continue.
Article By: Ken Pollitt