Antonio Cervantes of Columbia retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) Junior Welterweight title in Tokyo on Saturday (26 October) by knocking out challenger Yasuaki Kadota of Japan.
Antonio Cervantes of Columbia retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) Junior Welterweight title in Tokyo on Saturday (26 October) by knocking out challenger Yasuaki Kadota of Japan. It was Cervantes' eighth successful title defence.
Throughout the fight, scheduled to go fifteen rounds, Cervantes had the advantage of a longer reach. This combined with his greater experience to put the 25-year old Japanese on the canvas for the eight and final time one minute and 42 seconds into the eighth round.
Kadota, ranked fourth in lie for the WBA title, was put on the canvas in the first, second, fourth, fifth and eighth rounds. In the forth round, he also collected a cut over the right eye, but despite this, managed to rally sufficiently to take the seventh round from the Columbian.
But a torrent of punches from the 28-year-old Cervantes quickly drained Kadota of his remaining strength and he hit the canvas three times during the eight round before the referee - Luis Snibaran of Venezuela - declared a technical knock-out in favor of the Columbian.
SYNOPSIS: World Boxing Association Junior Welter-weight Champion Antonio Cervantes of Columbia met fourth-ranking challenger Yasuaki Kadota of Japan in Tokyo on Saturday.
From the start of the fight, the Japanese title contender -- in the left corner -- found himself at the end of a four-and-a-half inch reach disadvantage. Using the extra inches, Cervantes attacked strongly and in the second round, floored his opponent with a sharp left hook.
The twenty-five year-old Kadota Seemed determined to give the Columbian World Champion a hard fight, and both boxers exchanged some tough punches. But Cervantes' experience showed through, and the Japanese fighter received several power-packed rights and lefts. Kadota's determination wasn't enough, and he found himself back on the canvas after a strong right cross.
In the fifth round, the two fighters again swopped punches, and for a while the match seemed more equal. But a series of swift punches knocked the young Japanese to the floor again. Columbian supporters cheered.
Though he rallied to win the seventh round Kadota hit the canvas once more in the eight round. By this time, Cervantes, defending his title for the eight time, was well ahead on points. After a count of eight, the Japanese was on his feet again, and the contest continued.
By now Kadota showed obvious signs of tiredness and Cervantes pressed home his advantage. With quick footwork and persistent punches, he pursued his weary contender and brought Kadota down for the seventh time with a swinging left.
Looking too tired to continue, Kadota took up the challenge again. But it wasn't for long. For the third time in the eight round, he hit the canvas -- brought down this time by Cervantes' stron??? right cross. Cervantes was declared the winner.