The bout in question saw the unbeaten Filipino Edward Heno (10-0-5, 4) battle with Japan's Seita Ogido (11-2-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太], and it's fair to say that both men have had a long, long day.
In the ring the bout was competitive, with both men enjoying an exciting inside battle to begin with. The back and forth action saw head clashes occur, and Heno did suffer a small cut in round 2, but it was thrilling action, with both men landing shots a plenty. After 4 rounds the judges were split, with scores of 39-37 form all 3 judges, 2 of which favoured Heno.
Ogido stepped up his out put in the middle rounds, and was in a narrow lead after the 8th round, with scores of 77-75 and 78-76 in hs favour and a score of 75-77 in favour of Heno. Being behind saw Heno grit his teeth and go for the win, hurting Ogido in round 11 and looking for a stoppage in the final round.
Given his effort in the final 4 rounds Heno had seemingly done enough to deserve the win, and it was announced that he had indeed taken the victory with a majority decision, thanks to scores of 115-113 and 115-112, against a card of 114-114.
After the bout however it was revealed that a mistake had been made with the score cards, and instead of a majority draw win for Heno the bout was instead announced as a majority draw, with the 115-113 card being retallied as a draw card. As a result of the draw the title, which had been vacated by the newly crowned WBC champion Ken Shiro, remains vacant.
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