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Hiraoka and Kurihara Win in Tokyo
Pictured: Andy Hiraoka

Earlier today, two bouts featuring fighters not currently ranked by TTR which may impact TTR's rankings took place at the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The impressive winners of those matches were undefeated super lightweight Andy Hiraoka and bantamweight Keita Kurihara.

Super Lightweight Bout-
Andy Hiraoka (18-0, 13 KOs)
TKO-11 1:58
Jin Sasaki (11-1, 10 KOs)
- This bout was contested for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific junior welterweight title and the vacant Japanese super lightweight title.
- The WBO Asia Pacific title was last held by Koki Inoue (15-1, 12 KOs). It was declared vacant after Inoue lost to Daishi Nagata (now 15-3-2, 6 KOs) in a bout for Nagata's Japanese title. Nagata made one more successful defense of the Japanese title, keeping the it via a technical draw with Akihiro Kondo. (Kondo is now 32-1-2, 18 KOs having since lost to Cristano Aoqui- 16-8-2, 11 KOs). In his next defense, Nagata lost to Masahiro Suzuki (6-0, 4 KOs).
- The Japanese title became vacant when Suzuki voluntarily relinquished it to campaign as a lightweight.
- Hiraoka weighed in at 139 3/4. Sasaki failed to make weight, tipping the scale at 144. As a result, the vacant titles were available to Hiraoka only.
- Hiraoka decked Sasaki three times- twice in round 7 and once in round 11.

Bantamweight Bout-
Keita Kurihara (16-6, 14 KOs)
TKO-3 0:52
Kazuki Nakajima (10-1-1, 8 KOs)
- This bout was contested for Nakajima's OPBF title.
- Kurihara had lost the OBF diadem to Takuma Inoue (currently The Ring #6, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board #7, TTR #9- all at 118; 14-1, 3KOs) this past January. Inoue later vacated the title to campaign as a super bantamweight. Nakajima won the vacant title by outpointing Kai Chiba in May.
- This was Kurihara's first bout since losing to Inoue.
- After Nakajima and Kurihara split two competitive rounds with Nakajima winning the first and Kurihara taking the second, Kurihara ended matters by dropping Nakajima twice in round 3.
Article By: Ken Pollitt