The holder of the World Boxing Association (WBA) junior flyweight title, Yoko Gushiken of Japan, has successfully defended his title for the tenth time.
GV INTERIOR Gushiken of Japan (in white trunks) enters ring from right as Abella of Philippines (black trunks) enters from left at start of round one
SV Gushiken knocks Abella down during first round. Referee lifts Gushiken away while he counts over Abella. Abella gets up to continue round an boxers return to their corners.
SV Gushiken knocks Abella down with a right hook during 3rd round. Abella returns to corner during count and then continues round. Abella knocks Gushiken off balance and chases him across ring, hitting him hard on the ropes
SV Gushiken knocks Abella down in fifth round with a powerful uppercut. Abella returns. Abella returns to corner during count and then continues round
GV ZOOM IN TO Abella at start of round seven with Gushiken hitting out hard
SV Crowd cheers as Abella is knocked out and referee counts him out. Gushiken lifted into air and declared the winner (2 shots)
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Background: The holder of the World Boxing Association (WBA) junior flyweight title, Yoko Gushiken of Japan, has successfully defended his title for the tenth time. He knocked out his challenger, Tito Abella of the Philippines, in the seventh round of a match in Tokyo on Sunday (28 October).
SYNOPSIS: Gushiken -- in the white trunks -- went after Abella from the start, knocking him down for a mandatory count of eight in the closing seconds of the first round. He hit Abella with a couple of sharp punches and then decked him with a left straight.
A crowd of eleven thousand had come to see their national hero, but Abella bounced back quickly. After being knocked down by Gushiken's right hook, Abella went after the champion wildly. But he didn't do him any damage as Gushiken bobbed aside and counterpunched.
In the fifth round, Gushiken landed a couple of hard blows to Abella's head -- and then knocked him down with an uppercut.
As the seventh round opened, Gushiken rushed Abella against the rope. He attacked fiercely and Abella went face down on the canvas after a left in the jaw. He was counted out in 53 seconds.
For the 24-year-old champion it was his twentieth professional fight -- and his fourteenth knockout.