Panama's Hilario Zapata stormed to victory in the WBC (World Boxing Council) light-flyweight title fight in Tokyo.
1. TV Hilario Zapata (in green shorts) hitting out hard at Tadashi Tomori (blue shorts); knocking him down for a count of six 0.27
2. TV Spectators 0.29
3. TV ZOOM IN TO Tomori hitting out; Zapata ducking and knocking Tomori down; Tomori gets up and boxes on; Zapata corners him and referee stops fight in eighth round and announces Zapata the winner; Zapata's seconds run in to congratulate him, lifting him shoulder high 1.30
4. TV Spectators 1.32
5. TV Zapata with winning cheque and receiving large trophy 1.51
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
Panama's Hilario Zapata stormed to victory in the WBC (World Boxing Council) light-flyweight title fight in Tokyo. It took him just eight rounds to retain his crown for the second time. Challenger Tadashi Tomori of Japan had no answer to the 24-year old champion's powerful assault. He was dumped on the canvas three times -- twice in the eight round of the scheduled 15-round bout. Mexican referee Ray Solis spared Tomori further punishment after one minute 59 seconds of the eighth. Tomori began well with a series of good body blows but suffered a bad cut over the left eye early on. The referee stopped the fight twice in the sixth round to let a doctor inspect the cut, which bled profusely.
Source: REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA