Guts Ishimatsu of Japan successfully defended his World Boxing Council's lightweight title against Ken Buchanan of Scotland on Thursday (27 February), but admitted after the fight that the contest was so close it could have ended in a draw.
SV PAN TO GV Ishimatsu into ring and throwing hat to audience
SV Buchanan bows to spectators
GV Japanese and British flags
SV Boxers receiving instructions
CU Bell Rings starting fight
CS PAN TO SV Ishimatsu out of corner, touching gloves with Buchanan
SVs Boxers hard at it (2 shots)
SV Cameraman at ringside
SV Boxers circling and jabbing with Buchanan on attack
CU Spectators at end of first round
SV Start of round with Buchanan moving in
GV Audience PAN TO GTV ring to end of round, ZOOM in TO Ishimatsu walking to corner
LOW ANGLE Board for Round 15 and boxers touching gloves (2 shots)
GTV Action in fifteenth round
LOW ANGLE Close-in action
CU Final bell as audience looks on (2 shots)
GTV Ishimatsu announced as winner standing on ropes, saluting crowd
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Background: Guts Ishimatsu of Japan successfully defended his World Boxing Council's lightweight title against Ken Buchanan of Scotland on Thursday (27 February), but admitted after the fight that the contest was so close it could have ended in a draw.
Buchanan, who at 29 was the top-rated contender for the title and the World Boxing Association's title holder for two years, said he thought he had "done enough to win".
The points decision for Ishimatsu was unanimous but close. The American referee scored it at 144-142, the British judge even closer at 145-144, while the Japanese judge put it at 149-144.
Buchanan was on the attack for much of the fight but was troubled by an injury he had received when his left eye was gouged during sparring rounds earlier in the week. He had trouble connecting with his strong right.
Buchanan later said the champion was better than he imagined, and Ishimatsu said, while praising the Scotsman's ringcraft, that most of Buchanan's punches had not worried him.