Panama's Hilario Zapata had no trouble defending his World Boxing Council light flyweight championship from South Korean challenger Kim Chi-Bok in Seoul, on Saturday (7 June).
GV GV Kim Chi-Bok wearing white shorts boxing with Hilario Zapata on offensive.
SV Fight in progress with Zapata and Chi-Bok exchanging blows. Referee parts them. Boxers continue.
GV ROUND 15: Sign shown in ring.
GV Fight - Chi-Bok knocked down - Shot continued, fight continues with Zapata hitting Chi-Bok on ropes and scoring.
GV Boxers embrace, Zapata raises arm in salute and acknowledges crowd applause as he is carried to corner by one of his seconds.
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Background: Panama's Hilario Zapata had no trouble defending his World Boxing Council light flyweight championship from South Korean challenger Kim Chi-Bok in Seoul, on Saturday (7 June). The bout lasted the full fifteen rounds but the referee and two judges gave Zapata a unanimous points victory.
SYNOPSIS: It was a fierce fight with both boxers exchanging a flurry of punches throughout most of the fifteen rounds. But despite some hard blows landing on Zapata, wearing the dark trunks, his title never seemed seriously under threat. It was the champion's first defence of his title which he captured from Japan's Shiged Nakajima earlier this year.
The left-handed Panamanian title-holder, with an edge in height and reach, and younger than Kim, effectively used his left jabs to pile up points from the early rounds. The challenger made a valiant attempt to stay in the fight. But Zapata appeared to suffer little from the blows.
In the final round both boxers rallied strongly throwing punches from every quarter. At one point Kim lost his balance and fell but it was not counted as a knock-down. The fight continued with Zapata back on the attack. He took Kim onto the ropes to score again freely. The challenger began to look well outclassed.
The crowd knew their local hero had been unsuccessful and Panama's Zapata retained the championship with a clear victory on points. He earned 90 thousand dollars for the win.