The unbeaten Hiroki Okada (8-0, 7), pictured, claimed the first title of his career just a few moments ago as became the new Japanese Light Welterweight champion.
Okada, who had began his career with 7 straight stoppages, saw his T/KO streak come to an end but his winning run didn't as he over-came the brave and tough Masayoshi Kotake (9-8-1, 5) over 10 rounds in a bout for the vacant title.
The fight started well for Oakada who was well in front after 5 rounds. The open scoring system showed Okada as being up 50-45, 49-45 and 49-46. The second half of the fight however was much closer with Kotake doing his best to over-turn the deficit he had found himself in. He gave his all and really tried to overcome his unbeaten opponent.
In the end however Kotake's effort was all for nought with Okada having done more than enough to earn a clear decision with the cards reading 98-92, 97-92 and 96-94 all in favour of the unbeaten 24 year old.
Although Okada's stoppage run has come to an end he'll feel very happy with himself for having completed 10 good rounds and for winning his first title. Although it was a vacant title, having recently given up by Keita Obara, it is still a great achievement for the fun to watch youngster who has the potential move up the boxing ladder and, one day, compete on the global stage.
(Picture courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com/)
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