Boxing -- and Japan's Shoji Oguma has retained his World Boxing Council flyweight title against park Chan-Hee of South Korea.
CU Bell rings to start contest.
GV ZOOM INTO SV OF Start of first round in Miyagi Sports Centre. Two fighters exchange punches.
SV PULL BACK GV South Korean challenger, Park Chan-Hee knocks down champion Shoji Oguma. Oguma stands and takes full count. Referee calls them to box as bell sounds, to end first round.
GV & SV Crowd shots. (2 SHOTS)
GV Fighters exchange blows during 12th round. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Referee Harry Gibbs starting 15th and last round, as boxers continue to fight until bell sounds to end fight. (3 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM SV Ring crowded with newsmen and officials hearing result of contest - champion Oguma raises hands in triumph.
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Background: Boxing -- and Japan's Shoji Oguma has retained his World Boxing Council flyweight title against park Chan-Hee of South Korea. It was a hard-fought match on home territory is Sendai for Oguma, and he remained champion only by a split decision.
Saturday's (18 October) fight marked the second occasion Oguma has successfully defended his title -- and this bout was full of action right from the start. In the opening round Oguma was knocked down for a mandatory eight count by a right hook from the challenger.
The fight was comparatively well balanced until later rounds, when Oguma appeared to have an edge. In the twelfth round, the champion was scoring more accurate punches than Park.
As they traded blows the South Korean challenger suffered a nosebleed -- and Oguma a cut in the corner of his right eye. The match became a trial of strength between the 29-year-old champion and Park, five years his junior.
A crowd of 10,000 watched Park try to recapture the title be lost to Oguma in Seoul last May. In July Oguma successfully defended the championship against another south Korean, Kin Sung-Jung. This time, there was little to choose between the two fighters.
When referee Harry Gibbs got the fifteenth and final round under way, Oguma and Park were obviously tired.
In the closing minutes of the bout, only a few desultory punches were traded.
The final decision was a two-one split in favour of Oguma.