• Short Summary

    SHOZO SAIJO, OF JAPAN, RETAINED HIS WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE WITH A UNANIMOUS POINTS DECISION OVER GODFREY STEVENS, OF CHILE, IN TOKYO ON SUNDAY NIGHT (FEBRUARY 8TH).

  • Description

    SHOZO SAIJO, OF JAPAN, RETAINED HIS WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE WITH A UNANIMOUS POINTS DECISION OVER GODFREY STEVENS, OF CHILE, IN TOKYO ON SUNDAY NIGHT (FEBRUARY 8TH).

    A CAPACITY CROWD OF 12,000 WATCHED THE FIGHT IN TOKYO'S BUDOKAN (MARTIAL ARTS) HALL.

    SAIJO, HEAVY FAVOURITE TO WIN HIS THIRD SUCCESSIVE TITLE DEFENCE, HAD TO WORK HARD AGAINST THE TOUGH CHILEAN BOXER. STEVENS, THE FIRST CHILEAN IN 30 YEARS TO CHALLENGE FOR A WORLD CROWN, WAS 8 YEARS OLDER THAN THE JAPANESE CHAMPION.

    ALTHOUGH SAIJO WAS CONSISTENTLY OUTBOXING HIS OPPONENT, THE CHAMPION SCORED HIS ONLY KNOCKDOWN WITH A LEFT UPPERCUT TO THE CHIN IN THE 15TH ROUND FOR A MANDATORY COUNT OF EIGHT.

    REFEREE KEN MORITA SCORED THE FIGHT 74-64 IN SAIJO'S FAVOUR, WHILE THE TWO JAPANESE JUDGES HAD THE CHAMPION AHEAD 73-66 AT THE FINISH.

    SYNOPSIS: WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION SHOZO SAIJO, OF JAPAN, CLIMBS INTO THE RING TO DEFEND HIS TITLE AGAINST GODFREY STEVENS, OF CHILE, IN TOKYO IN SUNDAY NIGHT (FEBRUARY 8TH). SAIJO COMES OUT FROM THE RIGHT-HAND CORNER AT THE START OF THE 15-ROUND FIGHT. SAIJO, HEAVY FAVOURITE TO WIN HIS TITLE, ATTACKED FIERCELY IN THE OPENING ROUNDS,AND LANDED HARD RIGHTS TO THE JAW, AND LEFT AND RIGHT SWINGS TO THE BODY. A CAPACITY CROWD OF 12,000 WATCHED THE FIGHT IN TOKYO'S BUDOKAN (MARTIAL ARTS) HALL.

    DESPITE BEING HAMMERED ON THE ROPES AND INTO THE CORNERS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, STEVENS DUCKED, WEAVED, AND BATTERED HIS WAY OUT OF TROUBLE. BUT, ALTHOUGH CONSISTENTLY OUTBOXED BY SAIJO, STEVENS WAS ALWAYS A THREAT.

    THE 31-YEAR-OLD STEVENS, FIRST CHILEAN IN 30 YEARS TO CHALLENGE FOR A WORLD CROWN, WAS EIGHT YEARS OLDER THAN HIS JAPANESE OPPONENT. BOTH BOXERS SUSTAINED CUT EYES IN THE EARLY ROUNDS. IN THE LAST FEW ROUNDS STEVENS BEGAN TO LOOK MORE EFFECTIVE, BUT IS WAS SAIJO WHO SCORED THE ONLY KNOCK-DOWN OF THE MATCH WHEN HIS LEFT UPPERCUT TO THE CHIN SENT THE CHILEAN CHALLENGER DOWN IN THE 15TH ROUND. STEVENS TOOK A MANDATORY COUNT OF EIGHT.

    IN THE FINAL MINUTES OF THE FIGHT, BOTH BOXERS WERE FIGHTING HARD, SWOPPING BLOWS. AS THE REFEREE INTERVENED TO STOP THE FIGHT, THERE WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT THE OUTCOME...ALL THREE JUDGES VOTED IN FAVOUR OF SAIJO. IT WAS THE JAPANESE CHAMPION'S THIRD SUCCESSFUL TITLE DEFENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1PXQLVPII1SJEWINQWB52H9FV
    Media URN:
    VLVA1PXQLVPII1SJEWINQWB52H9FV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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