2004-03-06 Veeraphol Sahaprom w pts 12 Toshiaki Nishioka, Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - WBC

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6 March Veeraphol Sahaprom w pts 12 Toshiaki Nishioka, Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - WBC. Referee: Laurence Cole. Scorecards: 118-109, 117-109, 116-110. Making an excellent start, the southpaw challenger won the opening two rounds by dint of solid straight lefts smashing into the face of Sahaprom (118). This was before both men suffered cuts above their eyes following a nasty head clash in the third and had a point deducted from their cards on the referee’s instruction. From thereon Nishioka (118) seemed to be more affected than the champion, as his cut over the right eye worsened, and despite the fact that he continued to swap punches with Sahaprom in the centre of the ring it was noticeable that the latter’s deliveries were by far the more accurate. With Sahaprom’s eye damage more or less under control he went further and further ahead, despite his opponent’s dour resistance and was a convincing winner at the final bell.