2000-01-30 Freddie Norwood w co 9 Takashi Koshimoto, International Centre, Fukuoka, Japan - WBA

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2000-01-30 Freddie Norwood w co 9 Takashi Koshimoto, International Centre, Fukuoka, Japan - WBA. Referee: Julio Cesar Alvarado. Seven inches taller than the champion, Koshimoto (125¾) used the ring well to keep out of trouble for the first eight rounds, but never threatened Norwood (125½) who was sharp and aggressive from the start while retaining control throughout. At the start of the ninth Koshimoto decided to go for broke, meeting Norwood head on, but was countered with hard, accurate blows to the head, the last one being an explosive straight left which dropped him heavily to be counted out with 61 seconds of the session remaining. Both men were southpaws.