Japan's Koichi Wajima retained his World Junior Middleweight boxing title on points in Tokyo on Tuesday (February 5th) after a fast and fierce 15-round battle with Brazilian contender, Miguel de Oliveira.
Wajima to ring
Oliveira to ring
LV First round starts
MV Both fighting
LV Wajima attacks
MV Both fighting (3 shots)
MV Wajima's Seconds
MV Both fighting (4 shots)
LV Oliveira's corner
MV Both fighting and final gong
MV Referee announces Wajima victor
SV Wajima collects trophy
MV Oliveir watches
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Background: Japan's Koichi Wajima retained his World Junior Middleweight boxing title on points in Tokyo on Tuesday (February 5th) after a fast and fierce 15-round battle with Brazilian contender, Miguel de Oliveira. It was the sixth time that the 30-year-old Wajima had successfully defended his title.
A previous title fight between the two men a year ago had ended in a draw -- a decision which drew protests from the Brazilian camp. This time the white-booted Wajima attacked with whirlwind aggression from the start. The Brazilian got in some good uppercuts and right crosses, but fought mainly on the retreat -- a fact borne out by the burns on his back caused by the ring ropes.
Oliveira's technique was polished enough for Japanese referee Seiji Ebine to make it a draw at 73 points each. But the Japanese judges Akiyoshi Sasaki and Takeaki Kanaya both put Wajima a couple of points ahead, and this decided the contest.