World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand won a unanimous points decision over Japanese challenger Tetsuo "Lion" Furuyama in Tokyo on Sunday (25 January).
CU Champion Saensak prays before entering ring.
CU Furuyama enters ring.
LV AND CU Crowd and gong for first round. (2 shots)
TOP VIEW ZOOM IN Start of fight with Furuyama (in white).
CU Saensak fending off attack by challenger.
TOP VIEW Furuyama forces Saensak into corner at end of round one.
CU AND SV Boxers exchange blows in centre of ring. (2 shots)
TOP VIEW Boxers exchange blows.
CU Furuyama bleeding around face, fighting off strong attack from Saensak. (2 shots)
TOP VIEW AND SV Crowd watch as Saensak mounts strong attack to challengers head. (3 shots)
TOP VIEW Furuyama forces Saensak into corner and clinches before referee separates them at end of fight.
SV Furuyama assisted by seconds as Saensak is proclaimed winner. (3 shots)
Initials VS 19.30 VS 19.50
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Background: World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand won a unanimous points decision over Japanese challenger Tetsuo "Lion" Furuyama in Tokyo on Sunday (25 January).
It was Saensak's first defence of the title he won from Pedro "Perico" Fernandez of Spain in Bangkok last year.
Saensak, 24, a former Thai kick boxer, got off to a slow start and boxed defensively for the first four rounds.
He blocked the aggressive Furuyama's punches, then succeeded in opening a cut above the challenger's left eye in the sixth round.
Saensak split furuyama's right eye two rounds later and by the 13th round, both the challenger's eyes were so puffed by the champion's hard rights and lefts, he could hardly see.
Filipino referee, Enrique Jiminez, scored Saensak 146 to the challenger's 143, Thai judge Veravat Hiranyalaka decided 148-139 in Saensak's favour and Japanese judge Ken Morita voted 147-144 for the champion.
Sunday's fight was Saensak's fifth win in five bouts since switching from Thai boxing in November 1974.
It was Furuyama's third unsuccessful attempt at the title since 1973...He has a record of 32 wins, 10 losses and four draws.