INTRODUCTION: WBC bantamweight champion Lupe Pintor survived early pressure from Japanese challenger "Hurricane" Teru before retaining his title on a knockout in the 15th round of their fight in Nagoya, Japan on Tuesday (22 September).
GV Pintor (red shorts) on the attack drives Teru into the corner and continues on the attack. (2 SHOTS)
SV Teru counters and goes after Pintor and Pintor counter-attacks knocking Teru down for a count of eight. (4 SHOTS)
GV Pintor in the 15th round keeps up relentless attack until he knocks Teru out for the count. (4 SHOTS)
SV Pintor raises arms in victory and referee acclaims him champion. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: WBC bantamweight champion Lupe Pintor survived early pressure from Japanese challenger "Hurricane" Teru before retaining his title on a knockout in the 15th round of their fight in Nagoya, Japan on Tuesday (22 September).
SYNOPSIS: In the early rounds, Teru drove the champion onto the retreat on several occasions but here in the 13th round, Pintor (in the red shorts) began to assert his superiority, persistently forcing the Japanese fighter back onto the ropes and forcing him to take punishment. Throughout these later stages of the fight, it was the champion who always looked the stronger and more telling puncher.
Teru rallied to take the fight back to the champion, but Pintor was not to be held back for long. He took the initiative again and returned to the attack, forcing Teru to give ground. And then, after a series of jabs to the face and punches to the body, Pintor put his challenger down for a mandatory count of eight.
Japanese spectators looked concerned as their man held on with determination in the 15th round. The champion from Mexico was now clearly on top of the contest and was now attacking Teru with a combination of punches which left the Japanese fighter reeling. The last round of the championship was almost two minutes gone when the 26-year-old Pintor launched a savage attack on Teru, landing a flurry of punches. Finally, a left to the jaw put paid to the Japanese challenge... Teru went down and stayed down with only a minute of the fight left.
Pintor's knockout victory was his 42nd win against four losses and one draw. After the fight, Pintor complained he had hurt his hand in an early round -- but his punching was still heavy enough to finish his challenger and leaving him undisputed champion.