March 4, 2016
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KOs), 117.75, kept his belt as he came off the canvas twice in the third, but floored former WBA 115-pound ruler Liborio Solis (23-4-1, 10 KOs), 117.5, twice to win a unanimous decision over twelve give-and-take rounds on Friday in Kyoto, Japan.
All the tallies were identical: 117-107 scored by Cathy Leonard (US), Gary Ritter (US) and Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico). The referee was Ian John-Lewis (UK).
Yamanaka made a good start when he decked Solis with a southpaw right hook midway in round two, but he experienced a nightmare in the third, when he absorbed a solid right of the Venezuelan and unexpectedly hit the deck on two occasions. The southpaw champ gradually regained his rhythm and took back the initiative as the contest progressed. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Yamanaka was leading with 77-72 by all judges.
The ninth saw Yamanaka drop Solis with an overhand left to confirm his victory, and he swept the last four sessions. It was a much tougher defense than expected for Yamanaka, who registered his tenth defense of the WBC bantamweight throne.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
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