Boschiero Screams Robbery
Japan’s Takahiro Aoh defeated the previously unbeaten Devis Boschiero of Italy by a split points decision to successfully defend his WBC super featherweight title on Sunday in Tokyo.
Two judges ruled the bout 115-113 (Duane Ford and Anek Hongtongkam) in favor of Aoh while another called it 116-113 (Ian John-Lewis) for the challenger in the 12-round bout at Yoyogi Gymnasium.
“The only good thing is that I won. I couldn’t fight in my rhythm. I will have another defence of the title so I will try to avoid such a poor performance,” said a disgruntled Aoh.
Boschiero tried to make it a brawl and fight at close range, as Aoh attempted to pick him off and targeted the feisty Italian’s stomach.
In another matchup, Japan's Shinsuke Yamanaka captured the vacant WBC bantamweight title with an 11th-round stoppage of Mexico's Christian Esquivel.
Aoh, Yamanaka and Igarashi won
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision (115-113 twice and 113-116) over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
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