World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion, "Guts" Ishimatsu of Japan successfully defended his title on Thursday (4 December) against Costa Rica's Alvaro Rojas in Tokyo.
SV Round Ten with Ishimatsu (white trunks) forcing Rojas back on to ropes (4 shots)
SV Boxers go int clinch and referee separates; boxers continue with Rojas reeling under onslaught (3 shots)
CU Ishimatsu pounding with lefts and rights at end of Round Ten
SV 14th Round with Ishimatsu landing right uppercut but Rojas attacks and walks into a right and goes down
SLOW MOTION OF Knockout
Tokyo, Japan, where World Boxing Council lightweight champion, "Guts" Ishimatsu, in the white trunks, defended his title against Alvaro Rojas of Costa Rica. Rojas, who is Central American Lightweight Champion, was making his first attempt at the World title.
For the first ten rounds both fighters seemed to have ignored the fact that the bout was scheduled to last fifteen rounds as they attacked each other fearlessly.
However, in the tenth round, Ishimatsu waded through Rojas' onslaught to land lefts to the body and rights to the head. Rojas looked shaken but refused to go down.
Both fighters seemed to sense that the bout would end soon and whoever went down would be too exhausted to get up ... and they ought accordingly.
The end came three minutes into the fourteenth round when Rojas drew on his last reserves in an attempt to attack. But he didn't count on the determination of the champion who suddenly whipped in this right to the head.
This slow motion replay graphically illustrates why Ishimatsu retained the title.
He allowed Rojas to move in, taking punishment, until the time was right for the final punch. It was the champion's seventeenth knockout win.
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Background: World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion, "Guts" Ishimatsu of Japan successfully defended his title on Thursday (4 December) against Costa Rica's Alvaro Rojas in Tokyo.
Ishimatsu won the fight on a knockout in the 14th round of the scheduled 15 round title bout.
The bout was Rojas' first attempt at the lightweight title.
It was Ishimatsu's fifth defence of the title since he won it from Rodolfo Gonzalez of Mexico, again on a knockout in Tokyo last year.
Rojas, the 27-year-old Central American lightweight champion, got off to a good start in the fight. His flurry of lefts and rights seemed to worry Ishimatsu by their persistence.
However, in the tenth round, Ishimatsu waded through Rojas' onslaught to force home lefts to the body and rights to the head of the challenger.
For the next four rounds both fighters attacked each other fearlessly.
The end came three minutes into the 14th round when Ishimatsu landed a right to the side of Rojas' head.
The challenger was unable to rise before the referee counted him out.