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Kadena airman takes on kickboxing champ Sunday

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — A Kadena airman is fighting in the main event of a kickboxing card Sunday at Tokyo’s Deffa Ariake Arena.

Senior Airman David Archuleta (16-2-1, 10 knockouts) is Okinawa’s reigning welterweight champion and ranked fourth in the Japan Martial Arts Kickboxing Federation. He’ll face Universal Kickboxing Federation world light-welterweight champion Steven Satterwhite on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Archuleta, 20, began kickboxing as an amateur after transferring to Kadena in October 1999. He turned professional nearly two years ago, quickly becoming Okinawa’s top welterweight fighter.

In March, he defeated Inoue, Japan’s top-ranked welterweight. He has since attracted several sponsors now displayed on his trunks.

Archuleta said a Japanese camera crew will record Sunday’s fight and produce a video to be sold at major retail stores throughout Japan.

Visit Archuleta’s Web site at www.davidarchuleta.com for more information about the airman’s fighting career.


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