South Korean, Park Chan Hee, retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title, in Seoul, on Sunday (9 September) through a hard-fought draw with former champion Miguel Canto of Mexico.
South Korean, Park Chan Hee, retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title, in Seoul, on Sunday (9 September) through a hard-fought draw with former champion Miguel Canto of Mexico. It was a gruelling fifteen round rematch that saw Park in complete control until the fifth, but the Mexican began to slowly pile up points and towards the end looked a real danger.
SYNOPSIS: At the start of round one, the defending champion Park Chan-He, in white trunks and challenger Miguel Canto were set for a tough fight.
The Mexican had defended his title fourteen times, before losing it in the same arena to Park Chan Hee, last March.
Park, who had been suffering from a bout of flu for a week, did better in the first rounds than when the first fought the thirty-one year old Mexican.
In the fifth round, Park aged only twenty-two flicked out a hammering right to Canto's left ribs, and a flashing left to the chin to send the challenger to the canvas..... The Mexican took the compulsory eight count before the round continued.
About ten thousand fans crowded the South Seoul stadium to cheer the local champion.
The cut in Canto's left eye, sustained in the third round, was matched in the sixth by one to the right. But the Mexican was increasingly carrying the fight to the champion and finding his range.
Canto systematically wore down the South Korean and by the final round looked to have a chance of regaining the title.
It was a tense wait for the judges' decision.
The Mexican judge scored 137-135 for Canto, the Korean judge gave Park 138-136. The result - a draw, good enough for Park to hold on to his title.