Eddy Gazo of Nicaragua retained his World Boxing Association Junior Middleweight title in Japan on Tuesday (7 June) when he beat Japanese contender, Koichi Wajima.
GV ZOOM IN Start of fight between Eddy Gazo (in light trunks) of Nicaragua and Japan's Koichi Wajima (2 shots)
SV Seconds looking on
SV PAN Gazo making repeated punches to Wajima's head and body
LOW ANGLE SHOT referee
SV Gazo hitting Wajima to head as Japanese boxer falls against ropes
CU Second looking
SV AND LV Fight in progress and Gazo downs Wajima with left hook to head but Wajima gets up before end of count (2 shots)
CU Woman spectator cheering
LV Wajima's corner throw in towel, ZOOM IN TO seconds surrounding Wajima
SV ZOOM BACK TO LV Gazo holding trophy surrounded by newsmen
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Background: Eddy Gazo of Nicaragua retained his World Boxing Association Junior Middleweight title in Japan on Tuesday (7 June) when he beat Japanese contender, Koichi Wajima. The fight ended in the 11th round when Wajima's seconds threw in the towel.
SYNOPSIS: An estimated 8-thousand people packed Tokyo's Martial Arts Hall to see the 34-year-old Wajima -- in dark shorts -- try to win the title. Wajima held the title until last year in fact, but lost it to Spain's Jose Duran. The Spaniard ??? quently passed it on to Gazo.
The Nicaraguan took control of the fight with Wajima from the first round. He repeatedly scored with punches to the head and body. Wajima's only defence was to crouch. The referee allowed the fight to continue but the Japanese challenger was no match for the reigning champion.
Wajima's seconds looked concerned as their man took the punishing blows to his body. And then in the tenth round, the challenger was knocked down with a left hook to the head. But American referee, Jay Edson, did not count the fall as Wajima had gone down after the bell. But in the next round, Wajima was down again -- this time for a count of nine.
The knock-downs were too much for Wajima. Gazo continued to hold complete control of the fight until the challenger's seconds threw in the towel. It was Gazo's 36th victory which include 20 Knockouts. He has drawn four other fights and lost only two.