INTRODUCTION: Boxing, and Mexico's world flyweight champion, Miguel Canto, outpointed Venezuelan challenger Reyes Arnal on Sunday (24 April) to retain his title.
INTRODUCTION: Boxing, and Mexico's world flyweight champion, Miguel Canto, outpointed Venezuelan challenger Reyes Arnal on Sunday (24 April) to retain his title. The fight took place in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, where the Mexican faced a hostile crowd.
SYNOPSIS: Canto, in the red shorts, clearly dominated the darker Arnal ever the 15-round contest.
A near-capacity crowd packed the Caracas stadium for the fight. It was the 29-year-old Mexican's seventh successful defence of his World Boxing Council title. The flyweight limit is 50.8 kilograms -Canto had weighed in at 50.6 and Arnal, also 29, was a little lighter at 50.5.
The first four rounds had been slow, but then the fight picked up Canto always looked confident of keeping his crown, and his sharp punching confused the challenger.
By the fifth round, the champion had built up a useful lead on points, and Arnal left it too late for a come-back. He also didn't appear to know the strength of his opponent. Arnal said later that he had been suffering from a bad ??? ??? ??? and thought he'd put up a good fight in the circumstances.
Referee Jay Edson of the United States and Mexican judge Jose Maria Escalante both had Canto four points ahead at the and, but Venezuelan judge Antonio Marino scored it 148 to 146 in favour of his follow-countryman, Arnal.