The World Boxing Council's junior featherweight championship has changed hands. In a match in Seoul,?
GV INTERIOR Round one: Ricardo Cardona of Colombia in white shorts fighting with Hong Soo-Hwang of South Korea in red shorts (3 shots)
GV Round four: Cardona hitting hard; Hong lands left to jaw (2 shots)
GV Round 8: Hong fighting back but saved by the bell and returns to his corner (2 shots)
SV Boxers in clinch in corner in 9th round, Hong's punches fail to fing their mark
GV Round 12: boxers seated in corners as fight is stopped
GV Cardona dancing as he is declared the winner
CU & ZOOM OUT FROM Winner, Cardona, holding cup
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Background: The World Boxing Council's junior featherweight championship has changed hands. In a match in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday (7 May) the victor was Ricardo Cardona of Colombia.
SYNOPSIS: Cardona, a chunky boxer fighting here in the white shorts, showed right from the first round that he was the master. The defending champion, Hong Soo-Hwang of South Korea, failed to match the deadly power and accuracy of the challenger's punching.
By round four, the champion was in trouble. A cut above his left eye was bleeding freely, and Cardona's white shorts were stained with his opponent's blood. The cut was obviously hampering Hong's performance, as blood streamed into his eyes. There was no quarter from Cardona, who went on landing punishing lefts to the head, trying to open the cut still further.
In round eight , Hong was trying to fight his way back into the match. Many spectators believed that in this round the South Korean was saved by the bell. In the ninth round American referee Tony Pera said he wanted to stop the bout but a Korean doctor examined Hong and said he could continue. But in the twelfth round the fight was finally stopped, and the world championship had changed hands.
As the sore and defeated champion sat slumped in his corner, a jubilant Ricardo Cardona, the new WBC junior featherweight champion of the world, danced around the ring.