Japan's Kuniaki Shibata successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) Junior Lightweight title against Panamanian challenger, Antonio Amaya, in Tokyo on Thursday (27 June).
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Background: Japan's Kuniaki Shibata successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) Junior Lightweight title against Panamanian challenger, Antonio Amaya, in Tokyo on Thursday (27 June).
It was a very narrow points decision by the two Japanese judges and the Japanese referee. Amaya's acting manager, Luis Spada, said that it was a wrong decision and claimed that 'the only way a challenger can win in Japan is by a K.O.'
There were no knockdowns in the 15-round bout. Shibata compensated for his short reach in the early rounds with some strong punching. The most exciting round was the tenth, when Amaya caught Shibata with three upper cuts.
It was generally a clean fight, although Amaya had to be warned for hitting with an open glove.
This was Amaya's third attempt at a title in Japan. It was also his eleventh defeat against 64 wins and two draws.
SYNOPSIS: By the time the final round came up, it was impossible to guess what the decision would be. Right to the end they remained very evenly matched, with Shibata anxious to hold on to his title and Amaya wanting to win in Japan after two previous disappointments.
But he was destined to be disappointed yet again. The Japanese referee and two Japanese judges gave a very narrow points decision to Shibata. This brought a complaint from Amaya's manager that an outside challenger has no hope of winning in Japan unless he achieves a straight knockout.