Just a few hours ago Japan's Koji Numata (22-7-2, 17) claimed the OPBF Light Middleweight title with a thrilling victory over the tough but out-gunned Takehiro Shimokawara (19-9-3, 6)
The men were fighting for the second time this year following a split draw back in March and this time time Numata had promised to claim a clear win. He did just that as he stopped his foe in the 10th round of their bout and again showed off his impressive power breaking down one of the toughest competitors in the division.
The started competitively and through 4 rounds there was little to really separate the two fighters. Although 2 of the judges favoured Numata through 4 rounds by a score of 39-37 no one would have complained at the other judge who had the bout even at 38-38.
Through the middle rounds Numata started to run away with the action, he took the best shots of Shimokawara and walked through them before responding with his heavier shots which slowly took their toll on the taller man. By the end of round 8 Numata was in the lead on 2 of the scorecards, 78-74 and 77-75, whilst the other judge still had the bout level, 76-76.
Going in to the championship rounds Numata turned up the action as Shimokawara began to struggle and early in round 10 the referee stepped in to save Shmiokawara who was struggling after a big body shot from Numata.
With this win Numata has become a 2-time champion having previously held the Japanese Welterweight title. Sadly for Shimokawara this leaves him 0-1-1 in title fights.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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