At Sendai, northern Japan on Sunday (October 10th) Ricardo Arredondo of Mexico captured the World Boxing Council's junior lightweight title from Yoshiaki Numata of Japan.
At Sendai, northern Japan on Sunday (October 10th) Ricardo Arredondo of Mexico captured the World Boxing Council's junior lightweight title from Yoshiaki Numata of Japan. He won by knockout in the 10th.
SYNOPSIS: At Sendai, northern Japan, a fight for the World Boxing Council's junior lightweight crown, between Ricardo Arredondo of Mexico and the champion, Yoshiaki Numata of Japan.
Numata, in white shorts, is defending his title for the four the time.
Arredondo started slight favourite with most experts. He had shown good form in his final preparation. Numata, on the other hand, had not been at his best before the fight and was having weight problems. For the first three rounds, Numata kept out of Arredondo's way as much as possible, content to use his normal back-pedalling style and wait for his opportunities. In the fourth round, the Japanese champion opened up a cut on the side of Arredondo's left eye. At this stage the fight was more or less equal, but the Mexican challenger took the fifth round. He was combination against Numata. Although both fighters were showing signs of tiredness by the ninth, Arredondo caught Numata with a right cross that looked ominous.
It was the tenth round that provided the finish. Despite his obvious tiredness, the little Mexican peppered the Japanese champion with a barrage of blows. But Numata did not give up. Arredondo knocked the champion down for the first time with a left hook. He forced the champion back into a corner and a flurry of blows put Numata down for the second time. Numata made a desperate effort to come lack and it seemed Arredondo was too exhausted to finish it. Then, two minutes and 17 seconds into the 10th round, Arredondo but Numata down for the count.
The World Boxing Council's new junior lightweight champion...Ricardo Arredondo of Mexico. At the age of 22 he has had 70 victories in 75 fights...42 by knockout. This was his second try at a world title this year.