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20 NOVEMBER 2018

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Kimura Dethrones Guevara; Upset or Controversy?

Yu Kimura: New WBC 108 Champion
Yu Kimura: New WBC 108 Champion

By Derek Bonnett


Light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara traveled to Xebio Arena in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan to make his third defense of the WBC crown. The hometown challenger sported commendable experience, but lacked a salient victory to suggest he was capable of defeating the rising Mexican champion. However, after twelve exciting rounds, that’s exactly what Kimura did in the eyes of two out of three judges.


The bout opened up with Guevara taking a commanding lead on the unofficial SecondsOut scorecard. Guevara dictated the action of the first five rounds with cleaner, higher volume punching. The champion pressed the action to easily take the first two frames. Kimura found better range in the third, but he still appeared second to Guevara in regard to punches landed. The fourth saw Guevara working a lot harder and Kimura’s overhand right found a home on several occasions. The Japanese challenger was mostly one and done though. Guevara clearly hurt Kimura in the fifth and he battered his challenger for about twenty seconds before Kimura recovered commendably. Kimura’s clean counters and increased body attack was good enough to take the sixth round, his first unofficially. After six, Guevara led by a score of 59-55 on the SecondsOut card.


Kimura improved greatly over the second half. The seventh round earned Round of the Year candidacy as the two went toe to toe. Surprisingly, Kimura’s punches appeared to have the greater impact and Guevara’s head was snapped on several occasions. Kimura continued to be more successful with single shots while Guevara punched better in bunches. Rounds six through nine appeared split evenly between challenger and champion respectively. Kimura finished strongly. Guevara was backed up by Kimura’s pressure for much of round ten. The challenger’s timing was superior in round eleven and a few clean shots again had Guevara’s head popping back. Round twelve was what fans would hope for in all championship rounds. The two light flyweights went toe to toe in a round SecondsOut only fittingly called even. Kimura won the second half of the fight 67-66 on our card.


The finally decision favored Kimura 115-113 twice and 111-117. SecondsOut preferred Guevara’s work 116-113. The result yielded one of the bigger upsets of 2015. However, one couldn’t shake the sense that the fans may have impacted the South Korean and Thai judges tad. A good fight such as this shouldn’t be tainted with a tag of controversy, but Guevara looked to get an unfair shake. The most satisfying transaction would be an immediate rematch for Guevara. Kimura lifted his ledger to 18-2-1 (3). Guevara fell to 26-2-1 (17).


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