1959-08-10 Pascual Perez w pts 15 Kenji Yonekura, The Gym, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD

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1959-08-10 Pascual Perez w pts 15 Kenji Yonekura, The Gym, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD. Referee: Joaquin Arvas. Scorecards: 150-137, 145-139, 146-140. Dominating the fight, having floored his rival for a seven count in the second round, Perez (107½) again proved his amazing powers of stamina and clever strategy. Yonekura (111¾), who was cut over the right eye in the sixth, tried his utmost and landed some heavy punches, but it was not enough to win the championship.

Tough and willing, and a good puncher with 31 wins in 39 contests, Sadao Yaoita would be Perez’s next opponent. Having already beaten Perez in a non-title fight, along with men such as Kyo Noguchi, Hitoshi Misako, Masaji Iwamoto and Yonekura, Yaoita was fanced by many of his countrymen to emulate Yoshio Shirai.