Mexico's Miguel Canto outpointed his Japanese challenger Susumu Hanagate to retain the World Boxing Council flyweight title in Merida, Mexico on Saturday (15 May).
SV (round 5) Hanagata with back to camera with Canto hitting out with left to the body and the face. Hanagata hits with left and right and pushes Canto under ropes and referee separates them.
SV (round 14) Hangata leads with left to body and forces Canto on to ropes (2 shots)
SV (round 15) Canto leads with left and right to jaw with Hanagate boxing back hard
SV Canto hitting as final bell is sounded for end of fight and crowds cheer.
SV official announces Canto as winner, with Canto waving to cheering crowds
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Background: Mexico's Miguel Canto outpointed his Japanese challenger Susumu Hanagate to retain the World Boxing Council flyweight title in Merida, Mexico on Saturday (15 May).
Hanagata was on the offensive throughout the 15-round bout, but he failed to match the lethal early speed of the champion's left and lost the fight on a unanimous points decision.
The 29-year-old japanese, badly hurt over his right eye, trailed Canto during the first seven rounds until the champion, defending his title for the fourth time, slipped with his back to the ropes. Hanagata then tried to get on top and landed some damaging punches of his own. But his apparently limitless energy was not enough to wipe out the Mexican's big points advantage.
Canto, who was defending the title he won from Japan's Shoji Oguma in January, 1975, took the bout rather lazily, but his speed and accuracy, particularly with his left, was enough to keep him out of trouble.
The 27-year-old Mexican fought in front of a partisan home crowd of about 10,000 people, earning himself 80,000 U.S. dollars (GBP 44,400 sterling). His challenger took another 10,000 dollars (GBP 5,500 sterling). Before the bout Canto said that he would defend his title only four times, before retiring to devote himself to his business interests - a cattle ranch and a tourist hotel.