June 20, 2021

Naito stops Konno in 9th round

Naito stops Konno in 9th round

Naito stops Konno in 9th round

By Lito delos Reyes

Orient and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super lightweight champion Rikko Naito of Yokohama stopped Yusuke Konno of Tokyo in the 9th round by a technical knockout to keep his title last Nov. 21 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

It was the fourth title defense by Naito.

The boxing event was promoted by Yukio Sebata of Dangan Aoki Promotions and supervised by Tsuyoshi Yasukochi.

The 29-year old Naito won the vacant OPBF super lightweight title by a TKO in the 9th round over Jeffrey Arienza of Surigao last Jan. 13, 2018 in Japan.

Naito defended it with a majority decision over Jheritz Chavez of Cebu in the first title defense last May 15, 2018 in Korakuen. He then won it again via a split decision over Daishi Nagata of Japan last Oct. 11 in Korakuen.

Naito decisioned Gyu Beom Jeon of South Korea to retain it for the third time last Oct. 9, 2019 in Cheonan Highschool in Cheon, South Korea.