A single solid right to the jaw brought Mexico's Clemente Sanchez the World Boxing Council Featherweight Title in Tokyo on Friday night (19 May), as he knocked out champion Kuniaki Shibata of Japan in the third round.
GV ZOOM INTO SV start of fight with Sanchez wearing dark shorts and beard
SCU Shibata in action
MV Boxers exchange blows and stalk each other to end of round
SCU Part of crowd and bell to start next round (2 shots)
SV & GV fight continues and Sanchez knocks down Shibata who tries to get up but falls to knees and is counted out
SV Shibata on canvass TILT UP TO Sanchez with arms in air and being hugged by seconds
SV Crowd applaud as Sanchez is carried on shoulders of seconds wearing sombrero (2 shots)
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Background: A single solid right to the jaw brought Mexico's Clemente Sanchez the World Boxing Council Featherweight Title in Tokyo on Friday night (19 May), as he knocked out champion Kuniaki Shibata of Japan in the third round.
The punch caught the surprised Japanese square on the chin, putting him on the floor for the count. Shibata desperately tried to get his feet, but collapsed again and lay prone as Japanese referee Hiroyuki Tezaki completed the count at two minutes 26 seconds.
A crowd of 8,000 was on hand for the scheduled 15-round title match at the Nihon university Auditorium.
SYNOPSIS: Mexico's Clements Sanchez, in the dark shorts, challenged champion Kuniaki Shibata in a World Boxing Council Featherweight Title Match in Tokyo on Friday night.
In the second round, a restive crowd of eight-thousand jeered the two fighters as they circled cautiously around the ring, hardly throwing a punch. Sanchez, a year younger than the champion at twenty-four, had predicted he will win by a knockout before the tenth round of the scheduled fifteen-round match. Shibata had also predicted a win by a knockout.
Sanchez stepped up the pace in the third round, throwing good lifts to the body, But Shibata blocked most of the punches and looked to be untroubled. Shibata then came on strong and seemed to change his tactics from defence to offence. The referee and judges had scored the fight just about even et this point. Then Sanchez caught the champion with a hard left, followed by a right cross.
It was Sanchez' thirty-ninth win and twenty-fifth knockout against six defeats and two draws. The new champion said he had won with a secret weapon -- a right cross he never showed in training.