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J-Network Results: Kuroda and Sato Defend Titles, Yuki Wins Vacant Title

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Earlier today at Korakuen Hall, J-Network put on an event that featured 3 titles up for grab, with Masato Sato defending his Featherweight title against Hideya Nagasaki, Akihiro Kuroda defending his Lightweight title against Fire Harada and Yuki and Shuichi Uentsu battling for the recently vacated Super Flyweight title.

In the main event of the night, fan favorite Fire Harada challenged champion Akihiro Kuroda for the J-Network Lightweight title, losing via TKO as a result of leg kicks at 1:42 of the 3rd round. Kuroda was coming off of back to back losses with the most recent being a decision loss to HIROYA in May. This marks his third defense and his next opponent could be current #2 ranked Junpei Aotsu who is 0-1-1 against Kuroda, with their last fight being a unification bout for the J-Network title. Aotsu is coming off of a split decision extension round loss to TURBĪ¦ at Krush 11.

In the co-feature, #2 ranked Yuki faced #1 ranked Shuichi Uentsu for the Super Flyweight title recently vacated by TO-MA. In a close fight, Yuki managed to take a majority decision on scores of 49-48(x2) and 48-48. Uentsu was coming off of back to back decision losses to TO-MA, the first of which was for the J-Network Super Flyweight title while the second was for the WPMF Japan Super Flyweight championship and this extends his losing streak to 3 fights.

In the final title bout of the night, Featherweight Champion Masato Sato defended his title for the second time with a 1st round TKO stoppage of M-1 Super Featherweight Champion Hideya Nagasaki. Sato's next defense could be against current #1 ranked Hiroki Nagashima who is currently scheduled to fight at the M-1/It's Showtime Japan show on September 11th.

Results via Boutreview

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