Masamichi Yabuki Upsets Kenshiro Teraji, Becomes New WBC Junior Flyweight Champion

Masamichi Yabuki has upset the odds to stop Kenshiro Teraji in the 10th round of their Wednesday showdown hosted at the Kyoto City Gymnasium in Kyoto, Japan.

Yabuki, 29, ended Teraji’s four-year reign to become the WBC junior flyweight crown holder.

Teraji kept pushing Yabuki on the backfoot with his offensive strategy, but Yabuki’s late rally forced the referee to halt the fight. The former champ was trapped on the ropes at 2:59 of the 10th round when the match official decided that he’s seen enough beating.

Yabuki had been insisting for a long while that he will beat Teraji if they meet inside the ring, but no one expected the 29-year-old to walk the talk.

He outboxed Teraji from the start, absorbed hard blows, but kept working his way through. As a result, Teraji had both of his eyes swollen up by the time fight ended as Yabuki’s used his height and reach advantage to the fullest.

The first four rounds belonged to Yabuki with two judged scoring it 40-36 for the new titlist, while the other had it 38-38.

Teraji was going for heavy blows in the final rounds. He landed a few as well that shook Yabuki, but his challenger didn’t allow him to work his way inside.

Had the fight gone to judges’ decision, Yabuki would have won anyway. He was leading the scores 88-83, 87-84 and 86-85 when the fight was stopped.

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