GV Rounds begins in Kuramae Arena, Tokyo between champion Shoji Oguma and Kim Sung Jun (black stripe on shorts) and boxers spar quietly
GV Crowd watching
GV Kim forcing Oguma to ropes in corner. Round ends and boxers walk to corners
GV Spectators watching
GV Bout continuing
GV Spectators watching
GV Oguma forces Kim to ropes with heavy punches. Referee separates boxers, and round ends
GV Spectators, with some waving flags
GV Referee lifts Oguma's arm as winner. Oguma moving around ring arms aloft in triumph
Kim lost his junior flyweight title to Shigeo Nakajima of Japan in Tokyo earlier this year. He said in his dressing room that he had tried his best against Oguma, but had lost, and declared he was going to retire.
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Background: Boxing ... and Shoji Oguma of Japan retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) title on Monday (28 July) with a split decision over challenger Kim Sung Jun of South Korea. It was Oguma's first defence of the title he won last May from another South Korea, park Chan Hee. The American referee and Japanese judge made Oguma the winner, while the Korean judge scored in favour of Kim.
SYNOPSIS: The champion is in the plain white shorts. He had the better of the early rounds of the bout, staged in Tokyo's Kuramae sumo arena. He scored points with fast footwork moving him into position to throw left and right hand punches to counter Kim's aggressive style. At twenty-seven, Kim is two years younger than Oguma, whose southpaw guard makes him a difficult target. Kim's been a champion himself, having held the WBC Junior flyweight crown.
In the later rounds of the fifteen-round bout, the action was at its most punishing. Kim sensed that he was trailing on points, and tried to catch up by crowding the champion. Oguma used his skill to keep out of trouble.
Oguma's manager was later to criticise him for being too cautions, for not making enough used for his leading right hand, which worries orthodox opponents. The manager thought Oguma should have earned more early points with it as an insurance against any late surge from the Korean.
That late and desperate effort from Kim did come in the twelfth and thirteenth rounds. He scored powerful combinations to head and body in the twelfth, and then cut Oguma above the left eye; Oguma had already had the right eye cut in the ninth round.
The japanese audience had no doubt that their man had won. Nor did the American referee, who scored the fight one-hundred-and-forty-eight points for Oguma, to one-hundred-and-forty-five for Kim.