2001-09-01 Veeraphol Sahaprom drew 12 Toshiaki Nishioka, The Arena, Yokohama, Japan - WBC

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2001-09-01 Veeraphol Sahaprom drew 12 Toshiaki Nishioka, The Arena, Yokohama, Japan - WBC. Referee: Tony Perez. Scorecards: 113-115, 116-113, 114-114. Putting up an excellent challenge, the southpaw Nishioka (118) only just failed to win the title, the better quality punches being marginally with Sahaprom (118). What was a difficult defence anyway got even harder after the champion suffered a cut right eye in the fourth, and he had to call on all his skills in order to hold on to his title.