The bout was an exciting contest from the early stages with Uehara making the most of his jab and claiming the first round on all 3 cards as well as the 3rd round, with Salvana fighting back hard in rounds 2 and 4 to impress a pair oif the judges. After 4 rounds one judge had the local favourite in a commanding 40-36 lead whilst the other judges had the bout even at 38-38.
Salvana's spirited effort continued in round 5 though unfortunate a good 6th for Uehara was followed by a hugely significant round 7, a round which saw Salvana suffer the first of two point deductions. The first deduction didn't kill Salvana's hopes of a win, but a second deduction in round 9, a round he won, did essentially kill his hopes.
Given the point deductions Salvana's effort wasn't going to be enough and he lost the decision, with scores of 97-91 and 95-93, twice. Despite the spirited fight he will likely feel frustrated by the referee and by the judges. For Uehara however the win was his first for a title and sees him taking a major step forwards in regards to his career.
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