INTRODUCTION: Boxing ...
GV WBC poster outside Mito Municipal Gymnasium.
GVs Oguma (light shorts) attacks. Avelar (dark shorts) force onto ropes. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Oguma lands body blows. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Avelar counterattacks and lands punches. (4 SHOTS)
GV Man in crowd.
GVs Avelar and Oguma in fierce fighting which ends with Avelar knocking out Oguma. Referee counts Oguma out. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Boxing ... and Antonio Avelar of Mexico is the World Boxing council (WBC) flyweight champion of the world. He knocked out the holder Shogi Oguma of Japan in the seventh round of their title bout in Mito, Japan of Tuesday (12 May).
SYNOPSIS: This was a second title shot for Avelar, seen here in dark trunks. In February 1979, he lost a decision to the then champion Miguel Canto of Mexico. This time, eager to keep piling up points, he carried the fight to the champion from the start.
At 29, Oguma was seven years older than the challenger. Since this was his 11th title defence in a career of 48 fights, Oguma had greater experience on his side.
But this wasn't enough for Oguma, who went into this fight as the last Japanese holding a world crown. In the fourth round, Avelar began softening him up with a series of sharp jabs and hooks to the head and body. A cut opened over Oguma's left eye, but the boxing commission doctor examined it, then allowed the fight to proceed.
The three American judges had Avelar leading by 58 points to 56 when they went into the seventh round. It was to last 56 seconds before the champion went down to give Avelar the 23rd knockout win of his 33 fights. Over the last couple of rounds, the aggressive challenger had been landing three punches to every one thrown by the champion. Such was Avelar's strength and sharpness that the crowd of 9,000 was treated to less than half of the 15 scheduled rounds. The Mexican who'd been No. 1 in the WBC rankings, said later his knockout punch was a left hook to the jaw. Oguma paid for his tactical mistake of trying to mix it with a knockout expert.