On paper any world title defence is good. Not all fighters reach the pinnacle and even few get to stay there for more than just a fleeting moment. Sadly however some title defenses aren't as good as others, and they certainly aren't as happy as others.
Many of the most disappointing defences come courtesy of headclashes, accidental fouls or issues outwith the typical rules of boxing.
That disappointment was a feeling felt by WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-2, 3) who made the first defence of her earlier today, though was left with a huge gash on her head following a brutal headclash with Filipino challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (7-1-1, 4).
The bout had hardly began when the fighters clashed but it was clear that the action wasn't going to carry on. The cut on Ikehara's forehead opened up almost instantly and bled quickly.
The 2" cut is said to have required 10 stitches after the fight.
Although the bout was a painful one for Ikehara she managed to keep her title by virtue of a technical draw. It's not an ideal outcome but it's better than losing the title.
After the fight it was hinted that the two may have a rematch later in the year with the inconclusive and disappointing ending being frustrating not just for the fans but for the fighters who were both hoping to show their skills. Hopefully a rematch will allow them to do just that.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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