KYOTO, JAPAN — Shinsuke Yamanaka survived two third round knockdowns and scored two of his own against Liborio Solis to win a unanimous decision in his 10th defense of the WBC bantamweight title.
Yamanaka secured the first knockdown via a counter right hook. Solis wasn’t seriously hurt and continued a relentless pursuit that would continue the entire night.
Yamanaka got in serious trouble in round three after being floored by a straight right. Solis poured on the pressure and had Yamanaka pinned on the ropes several times before the champion rebounded by scoring southpaw straight lefts at mid-range. But Solis ended the round strong by flooring Yamanaka again on a right hand counter.
That round was Solis’ apex as Yamanaka made the rest of the bout a counter-punching battle. The champion adjusted by incorporating short right hooks, upper body movement and clinching to nullify Solis’ wild but dangerous haymaker shots. Yamanaka took complete control by catching Solis with a 1-2 for the bout’s fourth knockdown in the ninth.
Solis never stopped coming forward, but failed to land the home run shot needed to overcome the scorecards.
The judges were unanimous in their verdict of 117-107.