2004-10-30 Yutaka Niida w pts 12 Juan Jose Landaeta, Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA

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2004-10-30 Yutaka Niida w pts 12 Juan Jose Landaeta, Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Rafael Ramos. Scorecards: 115-113, 113-115, 115-114. Making a sluggish start against his tall southpaw challenger, Niida (104¾) was outjabbed at times before coming back with bursts of combinations. Cut over the left eye in the sixth it looked as though this was going to be a difficult one for Niida to get out of, but after crashing in some solid blows in the seventh he began to assume control as Landaeta (104¾) faded. It was still close, but despite Landaeta coming on strong to take the 12th the split decision went against the ‘interim’ champion.