Published — Tuesday 7 May 2013
Last update 7 May 2013 12:18 am
TOKYO: Liborio Solis of Venezuela defeated Japan’s Kohei Kono by a majority decision yesterday to win the WBA super flyweight title.
Two judges scored the bout 115-111 and 114-112 in favor of the Venezuelan. A third judge scored it 113-113.
Kono floored Solis with a right in round two, but the Venezuelan recovered to drop the Japanese with a solid left hook in round eight.
Solis improved to 15-3-1 with 7 knockouts while Kono dropped to 28-8 with 11 KOs.
Also, Japan’s Takashi Uchiyama successfully defended his WBA super featherweight title for a seventh time when he knocked out ninth-ranked challenger Jaider Parra of Venezuela in the fifth round.
The knockout came two minutes and 15 seconds into the fifth round when Uchiyama fired a powerful left to the stomach to send Parra to the canvas. “He (Parra) had never had a defeat before and he was really strong. He has a good jab so I planned to beat him in the latter half of the bout, but I was able to end it earlier than I had expected,” said Uchiyama.
It was Uchiyama’s seventh defense of the title he wrested from Juan Carlos Salgado of Mexico in January 2010. He maintained his unbeaten record of 20 wins, including 17 knockouts, and one draw.
For Parra, ranked ninth in the WBA, it was his first defeat after 20 wins including 10 knockouts and a draw.