World Boxing Council World Lightweight Champion, Japan's Guts Ishimatsu, has retained his title for the fourth time.
World Boxing Council World Lightweight Champion, Japan's Guts Ishimatsu, has retained his title for the fourth time. But many boxing critics did not agree with the judges' unanimous decision.
Over fifteen rounds, Ishimatsu beat his 24-year-old challenger, Tury Pineda of Mexico. The match was held in the Kinki University Gymnasium in the Western Japanese city of Osaka on Thursday (5 June).
Critics of the decision said Pineda was the aggressor during almost every round of the bout, while Ishimatsu backed away.
Referee Jim Scaramozi of Taxes scored the fight 148-144 against the Mexican, a Mexican judge 148-147 and the Japanese Judge 148-145.
Pineda took the third, sixth, seventh, ninth, 10th and 11th rounds, continually forcing Ishimatsu back with sharp lefts. The Japanese finally took the offensive in the later rounds to try for a knockout, but both fighters were too tired to bring the bout to a positive conclusion.
They had weighed in at the lightweight limit, 135 pounds (61.23 kg.).
The defeat was the fifth for Pineda, the WBC No. 2 lightweight contender. In 331 bouts he has had 25 wins and one draw. Ishimatsu has had 30 wins for 11 losses and six draws in 47 fights.