Japan's Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1, 3) suffered his first career defeat just moments ago as he was out pointed by South Africa's big punching Zolani Tete (19-3, 16) at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe.
Kinoshita, challenging for a world title for the first time, showed his heart and bravery by refusing to back down against the hard hitting South African though unfortunately Kinoshita's lack of power and lack of experience at this level prevented him from over-coming his opponent.
For Tete this was a dream ending to the week. He travelled to Japan just a few days ago, stole the headlines on fight week with his public work out, in which he cursed Kinoshita, and eventually won a world title in his second effort.
The scorecards, which read 119-109, 119-110 and 118-110 didn't give quite the full picture but Tete was the clear and rightful winner, he will now be expected to face McJoe Arroyo (15-0, 8) in a mandatory defence in the coming months. For Kinoshita we expect him to drop down to fighting at the OPBF level and a fight between Kinoshita and OPBF champion Arthur Villanueva would certainly not be a bad contest, neither would a contest between Kinoshita and the winner of the up coming Japanese title fight between Yohei Tobe (8-1-1, 5) and Sho Ishida (16-0, 9).
We understand Kinoshita will be disappointed but he showed world class toughness here and hopefully will realise that. Today he came up against an exceptional, strong and huge Super Flyweight though against most others he may be able to hold his own and hopefully he'll bounce back from the disappointment of his first loss.
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