The World Boxing Association junior lightweight champion, Ben Villaflor of the Philippines, narrowly managed to retain his title against his Japanese challenger, Apollo Yoshio, at Toyama in Japan on Thursday (14 March).
SV Villaflor (facing camera) throws atraight left shot clinch, Apollo hits back, clinch, umpire separates.
CU Japanese supporters.
SV Apollo attacks Villaflor, misses with left hiook into clinch and separated.
SV Spectators.(2 shots)
SV Villaflor hits Apollo, forces him across ring and mid-ring boxing. (2 shots)
SV Boxers in clinch with Villaflor giving body punches.
SV Spectators as final bell rings.
LV Boxers embrace and return to corners.
SV Villaflor in corner with seconds.
GV ZOOM to referee announcing Villaflor as winner.
Initials VS.16.37 VS/16.50
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Background: The World Boxing Association junior lightweight champion, Ben Villaflor of the Philippines, narrowly managed to retain his title against his Japanese challenger, Apollo Yoshio, at Toyama in Japan on Thursday (14 March).
In an uneventful fight with no knockdowns, Villaflor managed to get a clear points victory over Yoshio from only one judge. The second judge gave the fight to the Japanese and the referees scored the bout even.
The draw enabled Villaflor, under Boxing Association regulations, to retain his title.
It was Villaflor's first defence of the title since he regained it from Japan's Kuniaki Shibata, who now holds the World Boxing Council version of the same title.