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Takesako, Toyoshima, Shimizu, and Nakajima Win in Tokyo
Pictured: OPBF and new WBO Asia Pacific featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu

During the three-day period of Wednesday, May 19 through Friday, May 21, four bouts featuring fighters not currently ranked by TTR which may impact TTR's rankings took place at Tokyo's famed Korakuen Hall. The winners of those bouts were Kazuto Takesako, Ryota Toyoshima, Satoshi Shimizu, and Kazuki Nakajima.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021-

Japanese Middleweight Title-
Champion Kazuto Takesako (IBO #9, WBC #22; 13-0-1, 12 KOs)
KO-1 2:46
Riku Kunimoto (4-1, 2 KOs)
- Takesako, whose OPBF title was not on the line, dedicated the fight to the memory of his father, Kazuyoshi. The elder Takesako died eleven days earlier at the age of 55 due to COVID-19.
- Kunimoto earned his shot at the Japanese title by knocking out Shoma Fukumoto in the sixth round on April 5, 2019.
- Takesako dropped the JBC #1/OPBF #10 ranked Kunimoto twice- the first time with a left hook and the second time with a barrage of punches which resulted in the challenger being counted out.

Thursday, May 20, 2021-

OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight Titles-
OPBF champion Ryoto Toyoshima (IBO #32, WBC #35; 14-2-1, 9 KOs)
KO-10 2:59
WBO Asia Pacific champion Yuki Beppu (WBO #12, IBO #62; 21-2-1, 20 KOs)
- Toyoshima (WBO AP #1) floored Beppu twice- once in round 7 with an uppercut and once in round 10 with a hard jab followed by a left hook. Beppu was counted out after the second knockdown.

Friday, May 21, 2021-

OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight Titles-
OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (WBC #14, IBO #35; 10-1, 9 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
WBO Asia Pacific champion Musashi Mori (WBO #4, IBO #15, WBC #24; 12-1, 7 KOs)
- The WBO AP #1 ranked Shimizu won by the scores of 116-112, 118-110, and 118-110.

Vacant OPBF Bantamweight Title-
Kazuki Nakajima (WBC #36; 10-0-1, 8 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Kai Chiba (IBO #68; 13-2, 8 KOs)
- Nakajima (OPBF #4, JBC #4) unanimously outpointed Chiba (JBC #6, OPBF #12) by the scores of 116-112, 119-109, and 117-111.
Article By: Ken Pollitt