Apolinar loses OPBF belt in Japan

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PETE Apolinar lost his Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super bantam belt following a fifth-round stoppage by kickboxing star Yoshiki Takei last Friday night, Aug. 26, 2022, at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Takai, a decorated kickboxer, dropped Apolinar in the second round with a right hook. He was knocked down again in the same round with a left. Takei dropped Apolinar for a third time with a right hook.

Apolinar showed courage and grit and fought on throwing some heavy punches. However, the referee stopped the fight in the 2:07 mark of the fifth after Takei landed a left straight, which looked like a premature stoppage.

“It’s a bit premature but it is what it is,” Apolinar’s coach Jinggoy Junco told SunStar Cebu.

Apolinar fell to 16-3 with 10 knockouts, while Takei remained unbeaten at 5-0 with five knockouts.

Apolinar is ranked No. 16 in the super bantamweight division by the World Boxing Council and will most likely drop out of the rankings following the loss.

Apolinar’s team will most like move on and won’t demand a rematch even though the fight ended prematurely.

“It still depends. For now, we still have no plan,” said Junco. “I think they won’t give us a rematch because they won and unless we promote it. But it involves big money.”

In the undercard, Pinoy Lawrence Ordonio (7-4-1, 4 KOs) lost to undefeated Japanese prospect Toramasa Imanaga (2-0, 2 KOs) via a fourth-round knockout.

Toramasa knocked out Ordonio in the 3:00 minute mark of the fourth with an uppercut.