• Short Summary

    EIGHT THOUSAND JAPANESE PACKED OSAKA MUNICIPAL STADIUM ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOR THE WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION'S WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AND WATCHED THEIR OWN FAVOURITE, HIROYUKI EBIHARA, LOSE THE TITLE TO BERNABE VILLACAMPO OF THE PHILIPPINES.

  • Description

    EIGHT THOUSAND JAPANESE PACKED OSAKA MUNICIPAL STADIUM ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOR THE WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION'S WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AND WATCHED THEIR OWN FAVOURITE, HIROYUKI EBIHARA, LOSE THE TITLE TO BERNABE VILLACAMPO OF THE PHILIPPINES.

    IT WAS TWENTY-SIX-YEAR OLD VILLACAMPO'S SECOND ATTEMPT ON A WORLD TITLE. HE CHALLENGED CHIONOI OF THAILAND, BUT LOST THE CONTROVERSIAL 15-ROUND DECISION.

    THIS TIME, HOWEVER, HE MADE NO MISTAKE. AT THE OPENING BELL, HE RUSHED FROM HIS CORNER WITH BOTH HANDS SWINGING, AND KEPT UP A PUNISHING PACE THROUGHOUT THE FIGHT.

    EBIHARA, 29 AND A VETERAN OF SIXTY-SEVEN FIGHTS IN TEN YEARS, WHO WON THE TITLE IN MARCH, TOOK THE SECOND ROUND WITH HAND LEFTS TO THE BODY. BUT THE FILIPINO CAME IN CLOSE AND HARD IN ROUND THREE. THEY FOUGHT EVENLY FOR THE FOURTH AND FIFTH ROUNDS, EBIHARA CLINCHED THE NEXT WITH A FIERCE LAST MINUTE RALLY.

    THIS WAS HIS LAST GAIN. FROM ROUND SEVEN, VILLACAMPO BEGAN SLOWLY TO FORGE AHEAD. IN ROUND EIGHT IT WAS FIRST BLOOD TO HIM, WITH JOLTING LEFTS AND RIGHTS TO EBIHARA'S JAW.

    LOOKING PROGRESSIVELY LESS FIT AS THE ROUNDS PASSED, THE JAPANESE WAS DRIVEN MORE AND MORE ONTO THE DEFENSIVE. EVERY KNOCKOUT PUNCH HE TRIED TO LAND WAS PARRIED, AND THE PUNISHMENT IN RETURN, MUCH OF IT TO THE FACE, LEFT EBIHARA BLEEDING FROM NOSE, MOUTH, AND RIGHT EYE.

    HE TRIED A KNOCKOUT AS THE THIRTEENTH OPENED, WITH LONG LEFTS AND RIGHTS TO THE BODY, BUT THIS AND A STRONG BODY BLOW AT THE BEGINNING OF ROUND FOURTEEN BROUGHT SWIFT AND BRUTAL RETRIBUTION.

    AS THE BELL WENT FOR THE FINAL ROUND, EBIHARA MADE A LAST DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO PUT THE WIRY FILIPINO ON THE CANVAS, WITH LONG LEFT AND RIGHT SWINGS. VILLACAMPO STAYED AWAY FROM HIS PUNCHES AND THEN CHASED THE CHAMPION ROUND THE RING WITH A TWO-FISTED ATTACK TO THE FACE.

    EBIHARA WAS IN BAD SHAPE AT THE FINISH, BUT NEITHER OF THE FIGHTERS HAD BEEN FLOORED IN FIFTEEN ROUNDS. ALL THREE JAPANESE OFFICIALS SCORED THE CONTEST IN VILLACAMPO'S FAVOUR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5ITIZO9AM6UTPJ0EYKPMP9Y0C
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ITIZO9AM6UTPJ0EYKPMP9Y0C
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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