Japan's Yasutsune Uehara retained his World Boxing Association (W.B.A.) junior lightweight title on Thursday (20 November) in a split points decision over Leonel Hernandez of Venezuela.
TV Fight in round six with Japanese champion Yasutsune Uehara in leopard skin pants moving forward and trapping Venezuelan challenger Leonel Hernandez in white paints in a corner before they move back to centre of ring
TV & CU Crowd watch as start of round fifteen announced (2 shots)
TV Final round with both boxers squaring up to each other
TV Fifth continues till final bell with Uehara moving forward throwing punches
TV Fighters embrace as final bell sounds
TV Crowd watches as winner Uehara celebrates
TV Crowd in Uehara's corner watches as he receives trophies
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Background: Japan's Yasutsune Uehara retained his World Boxing Association (W.B.A.) junior lightweight title on Thursday (20 November) in a split points decision over Leonel Hernandez of Venezuela. The match was a close one and the result contested by Hernandez's manager, Rafito Edeno, who threatened to ask for a rematch in a neutral country.
SYNOPSIS: Hernandez, in the white shorts, started off well with his fast left jabs and by the end of the contest Uehara's left eye was badly swollen. But after the first few rounds Uehara loosened up a bit and got in some sharp body blows.
Hernandez was cautioned repeatedly by South Korean referee Kim for using open punches and backhands. But otherwise there was no let up in the pace and the 31-year old challenger never showed any sign of flagging.
The match was Uehara's first defence of the little which he won from Puerti Rican Sammy Serran in Detroit last August. It was also the first time the 30-year old Okinawan had ever fought a bout beyond the tenth round--out of 26 career wins, he was won 21 by knock-out.
Although the Venezuelan appeared to land more blows, his retreating tactics did not impress the referee or the Japanese judge. They both voted for Uehara, while the Venezuelan judge gave Hernandez the higher points.
As Uehara celebrated, Hernandez's manager maintained that the decision was robbery. He declared that Uehara had not won a single round and that he would be protesting the W.B.A. and requesting a rematch in a neutral country.