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 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, who could have taken the title had he elected to throw the jab more in the latter stages.