• Short Summary

    Puerto Rico's Wilfredo Gomez retained the World Boxing Council Junior Featherweight title on Thursday night (19 January) at Kitakyushu, Japan, when he knocked out challenger Royal Kobayashi of Japan in the third round.

  • Description

    Puerto Rico's Wilfredo Gomez retained the World Boxing Council Junior Featherweight title on Thursday night (19 January) at Kitakyushu, Japan, when he knocked out challenger Royal Kobayashi of Japan in the third round.

    SYNOPSIS: Kobayashi, in the dark shorts was six years older than the 22-year-old champion, but they were matched in weight. He took an early aggressive lead, but missed with many of his powerful right hooks. Throughout the first two rounds, Kobayashi appeared to dominate, but landed few strong punches. The champion backpedalled away from Kobayashi's punches, at the end of the second round, the pair were evenly scored.

    At the start of the third and final round, the Japanese again led the attack, but this time Gomez was ready to reply, scoring with a series of hard left.

    Now it was the champion's turn to pour on the pressure. Gomez has never been beaten. He had won 20 of his 21 previous fights with knock-outs, and drawn the other. This was his second defence of the title won from South Korea's Dong Kyun Yum in May last year in Puerto Rico. His 21st victory came quickly as the third round got underway. Kobayashi was floored for a count of eight with a sharp left to the jaw.

    Kobayashi was on his feet for only an instant before the Puerto Rican caught him again, this time with a sharp right to the head. He went down for another count of eight.

    Kobayashi looked totally groggy as he came up the second time. He went down for the third and final time under a barrage of powerful right hooks to the head. It was the fourth defeat in 28 fights for Kobayashi and the 13th consecutive defeat for a Japanese boxer since October 1976.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9N5RMTGGWJ8ZKDMZKVQ759CT5
    Media URN:
    VLVA9N5RMTGGWJ8ZKDMZKVQ759CT5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment