Rigoberto Riasco of Panama became the world champion of the World Boxing Council's new super-Bantamweight division in Panama City on Saturday night (3 April) after his opponent Waruinge Nakayama of Japan withdrew at the beginning of the ninth round.
SV Two fighters exchanging punches in opening round
SV Nakayama falls and referee gives him the count and they carry on boxing. Riasco throws lots of punches as round ends
SV Scoreboard shows round seven
SV Riasco knocks down Nakayama for second type and referee starts count and boxing continues
SV Fight continues
SV Scoreboard shows round nine
Trainer hugs Riasco as fight ends
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Background: Rigoberto Riasco of Panama became the world champion of the World Boxing Council's new super-Bantamweight division in Panama City on Saturday night (3 April) after his opponent Waruinge Nakayama of Japan withdrew at the beginning of the ninth round.
Nakayama ran into a two-fisted barrage from Riasco who knocked him to the floor int he fourth and seventh rounds. The Japanese's eyes were nearly closed by the Panamanian's accurate punching, and not even his Japanese woman trainer, Yoko Suszuki, could patch him up well enough to see the fight through to the finish.
Riasco, who was rated third in the world in the former World Boxing Council's featherweight category, fought his way to a memorable victory before a large and enthusiastic home crowd.
Riasco adds his name to the growing list of South American boxers who have been become world beaters int he lower weight grades.
Two months ago Venezuelan Luis "Lumumba" Estaba, the World boxing Council's light-flyweight champion successfully defended his crown against the Mexican challenger Leo Palacios.
SYNOPSIS: A cautious start to an explosive world title fight in Panama City on Saturday night. Rigoberto Riasco of Panama, in the dark blue trunks from the left corner, is fighting Waruinge Nakayama of Japan in the red trunks from the right hand corner.
Early in the fourth round the first blow to Nayakama's title hopes. He beats the count but takes increasing punishment as the fight progresses.
As stake is the world championships of the World Boxing Council's new super-bantamweight divisions. As the round ends, Riasco, before a large and enthusiastic home crowd, increase his changes with a series of accurate punches.
Round seven--another strong round for the Panamanian, as Nakayama hits the canvas for the second time. Nakayama is one of the most unusual boxers in the world -- he's got a woman trainer, Yoko Suzuki. But not even she could prevent the fight slowly slipping away from the Japanese fighter.
Riasco was rated third in the world in the World Boxing Council's former featherweight division.
The start of the ninth round and Nayakama fails to come out, leaving Riasco the super-bantamweight world champion title. Riasco is one of the growing number of South American boxing champions.