Japanee warrior Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9) [加藤 善孝] has had a year to forget and a year that has left many wondering just what he has left to give. That was seen against yesterday when he struggled to over-come Filipino journeyman Leonardo Doronio (15-14-3, 10).
Kato had, just 3 years ago, been the unified JBC and OPBF Lightweight champion and despite losing those titles to Masayoshi Nakatani in early 2014 few expected his career to go off the rails. Following that loss however Kato went 3-2-1, going 0-2-1 in his last 3 bouts.
Yesterday he was expected to get an easy 10 round win over over Doronio, who had only won one of his last 6, but instead he got an inspired Filipino who came to fight and matched Kato much of the way. It wasn't as if Kato was facing a man accepting defeat but instead a man with the intention of recording an upset.
Although heavily favoured Kato seemed to escape with a rather fortunate win, claiming the decision with scores of 97-94 and 96-94 in his favour whilst Doronio was favoured by a score of 96-95. Although losing for the 14th time Doronio certainly proved he was a lot more lively and talented than his record suggested. For Kato however he's now looking like a shadow of his former self.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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