Boxing....and Japan's Shigeo Nakajima has won the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior flyweight championship after a unanimous decision over defending title-holder Kim Sung Jun of South Korea.
TV: Start of round one with Nakajima (wearing dark blue shorts) moving forward and scoring with the occasional jab.
TV: Action in round five, with Kim attacking with some heavy blows to head and body
TV: Action in round ten, with Nakajima forcing Kim on to the ropes
SV AND TV: Crowd watch as referee asks doctor to examine cut to Kim's face (2 shots)
TV: Round ten continues with Nakajima pounding Kim on ropes until referee separates fighters and gives Nakajima warning for butting
TV: Action in round fourteen; Nakajima and Kim heavily-bloodstained trunks exchange weary punches.
TV AND CU: Crowd watch as referee (also bloodstained shirt) adds up points on his scorecard at end of fight (2 shots)
TV PAN: Referee awards fight to Nakajima and has to be supported
GV AND TV: Crowd applaud as Nakajima receives large trophy (2 shots)
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Background: Boxing....and Japan's Shigeo Nakajima has won the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior flyweight championship after a unanimous decision over defending title-holder Kim Sung Jun of South Korea. The fight over fifteen rounds was staged in Tokyo on Thursday (3 January) and was a surprisingly one-sided victory for Nakajima.
SYNOPSIS: The twenty-five-year-old Japanese challenger Nakajima, wearing the dark blue shorts, took command of the fight from the start with some speedy punching and superior footwork. A strong opening from Nakajima, who took the first four rounds.
In round five, defending champion Kim came back with some hard left and rights to Nakajima's face. At one point, he scored heavily, catching Nakajima in his own corner.
Round ten was full of action. Nakajima was the aggressor, and handed out a steady battering to Kim.
The round was stopped briefly by American referee Dick Young while a doctor examined a cut to Kim's face. Kim was allowed to go on, and Nakajima continued very much in the same vein, keeping his opponent trapped on the ropes.
The crowd of more than three thousand got their money's worth as in round fourteen, Kim was still in the ring fighting for survivals His shorts heavily bloodstained from the cut over the left eye. But there was no opportunity for him to reverse the trend in this fight, his fourth title defence. Nakajima was just too strong.
Referee Young, who later said Nakajima had been in command for most of the fight, did not take long on the score sheets.
An exhausted but happy Nakajima stepped out to be awarded the fight, and with it the WBC junior flyweight title.
It was Nakajima's thirteenth win, against two losses and one draw. Kim was meeting his seventh defeat, against twenty five wins and four draws.