In a lacklustre 15-round title fight, Japan's Kuniaki Shibata retained his World Boxing Council Junior Lightweight crown on Thursday (27 March) by beating Ould Makhloufi of Algeria on points.
GV Boxers in ring
SV Shibata in corner
SV Makhloufi in corner
GV ZOOM TO SV Start of round one
GV Second round in progress, Makhloufi knocked down takes count of B, and end of second round
GV Last round in progress
CU Makhloufi in corner
CU Shibate in corner
GV Referee announced Shibata winner
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Background: In a lacklustre 15-round title fight, Japan's Kuniaki Shibata retained his World Boxing Council Junior Lightweight crown on Thursday (27 March) by beating Ould Makhloufi of Algeria on points.
The fight took place at the Kyuden Gymnasium, Fukuoka, Japan and was Shibata's third defence of the title, which he won from Ricardo Arredondo of Mexico in Tokyo in 1974.
In the all-Japanese jury, referee Yusaku Yoshida scored it 75-69 for Shibata on five-point system, while judges tooru Kimura and Kazumasa Kuwata each had it 75-65 for the Champion.
Shibata attacked from the start, but was unable to catch the fleet-footed Makhloufi, who had a sizeable height-and reach advantage over the stocky japanese.
Referee Yoshida had to tell the two boxers to fight on five different occasions as the crowd of 5,000 booed their displeasure at the slow pace.