8th July, 2012
Japan’s Yota Sato defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight title beating Sylvester Lopez of the Philippines by a unanimous decision victory on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.
The three judges counted it 118-110, 116-113, 119-109 all in favour of the defending champion.
“Lopez is ranked top and he has 19 wins and 15 KOs. He is really a strong fighter, so I was a bit nervous in the first round. I will fight more aggressively in my next defence of the title,” said Sato, 28.
“I’m not satisfied with the way I fought today, but I promise that I will improve a lot for my next match,” he added.
Lopez looked passive in the first round, allowing the Japanese to connect an array of right hooks. Sato again fired a couple of effective right hooks in the third round as he led 40-36, 39-38 and 40-36 after the fourth round.
Sato’s combination of left jabs and right hooks lifted him up to 79-73, 78-75, 80-72 at the end of the eighth round.
Lopez became aggressive in the following rounds but received a right straight to the face in the 10th and a right hook in the 11th, allowing the Japanese to safely keep the lead.
It was Sato’s first defence of the title he wrested from Suriyan Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in March, improving his record to 25 wins, including 12 KOs, against two defeats and a draw.
The 24-year-old Lopez saw his record reduced to 19 wins, including 15 KOs, against four defeats and a draw.