Japanese challenger Toshiyuki Igarashi (R) punches WBC flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines in Kasukabe (AFP) - AFP

Igarashi beats Jaro for flyweight title

Igarashi beats Jaro for flyweight title

By Eurosport
Last update 17/07/2012 at 15:56 - Published on 17/07/2012 at 05:24
By Eurosport - 17/07/2012 at 15:56

Toshiyuki Igarashi won a split decision against Sonny Boy Jaro in Kasukabe, Japan to become the new WBC flyweight champion.

Two judges scored the fight 116-112 and 115-113 for Japanese Igarashi, while the other gave it 116-112 for the defending champion from the Philippines.

"It was the first time that I received a series of heavy punches like his. I won it because of my mentality, not because of my technique or physical strength," said Igarashi.

"I don't care how many times I can defend the title. I just want to become a boxer who can say I'm the world champion, with my chest out."

On the same bill Takashi Uchiyama retained his WBA super-featherweight title after his fight against Filipino Michael Farenas ended in a technical draw when the two fighters clashed heads early in the third round, resulting in a cut above Uchiyama's eye.

"I'm very sorry for my fans because of such a poor fight," said Japan's Uchiyama.

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