David "Poison" Kotei of Ghana retained his world boxing council featherweight title when he stopped Japan's Harigu Uehara in 12 rounds at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana on Saturday (6 March).
MLS: MS: CU: Various cutaway shots of spectators including members of the NRC.
MLS: Shot of the whole of round one..MLS: No filming of round two but a few feet of round three. round four no filming.
MLS: Part of round five filmed, parts of round six too filmed.
MLS: Rounds seven and parts of round ten filmed.
Round eleven too filmed.
MLS: Filming of round twelve and the referee stoping the fight to save Uehara from further punishment.
MLS: Jubilant crowd and scenes in the ring.
David Kotei Poison, the World Featherweight Boxing Champ today successfully defended it when the referee stopped the fight in the middle of the twelveth round to save the Japanese challenger from further punishment at the Accra Sports Stadium before thousands of Boxing fans from the whole of west Africa,
On the same bill ???ay Thomas of US beat Abraham Cuarshie on points and Sonny Robertson the Ghana Lightweith Champion was knocked out by the Togolese champion, Rosso Azizan in the 8th of their last round friendly international bout. Sulle Shitu beat Secco Luna of Mexico on points.
START OF BOUT BETWEEN DAVID "POISON" KOTEI (WITH STRIPE ON SHORTS) AND HARIGU UEHARA: CROWD: ROUND 12 FIGHT CONTINUES THEN REFEREE CONSULTS UEHARA'S CORNER OVER CUT ON UEHARA'S FACE: CROWD: ROUND 12 - REFEREE STOPS FIGHT, AWARDS FIGHT TO KOTEI AS CROWD GETS EXCITED.
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Background: David "Poison" Kotei of Ghana retained his world boxing council featherweight title when he stopped Japan's Harigu Uehara in 12 rounds at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana on Saturday (6 March).
Kotei 25, dominated the fight throughout and British referee, Harry Gibbs, stepped in after one minute 15 seconds of the 12th round when the Japanese challenger was unable to defend himself after taking a barrage of blows.
The champion steadily built up a points lead with a variety of punches to head and body. He battered Uehara with straight punches and launched punishing two fisted attacks.
At the start of the 12th the referee called a doctor to Uehara's corner to examine damage to the challenger's right eye. He was allowed to continue but the fight was soon over as Kotei produced his decisive assault in which he attacked his quarry with blows from all angles.
As the fight ended the capacity crowd went wild with joy at the local boy's victory and celebrations in Accra went on early into Sunday (7 March) morning.
It was the first defence by the Ghanian of the title which he won from Mexico's Ruben Olivares in the United States last September.