On December 31st we saw Dominican fighter Jezreel Corrales (21-1-0-1, 8) record his first defense of the WBA Super Featherweight "super" title with a decision victory over Japanese veteran Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20) [内山 高志], the man he originally beat for the title. Now, more than 3 weeks later, a news story has started doing the rounds in Japan to suggest Uchiyama's promoter, Watanabe, will fill a complaint via the JBC to the WBA regarding the fight.
The complain seems to stem from the stalling tactics Corrales used late in the fight, including clinching, holding, falling to the canvas and issues with his shoe laces of all things, with Watanabe seemingly accusing Corrales' team of not tying Corrales' cornerman in a timely and good fashion, buying their man man valuable time. Despite all the stalling tactics Corrales wasn't deducted a point, much to the chagrin of Watanabe and Uchiyama.
It should be noted had Corrales been deducted a point in the later rounds the result would still have been the same, a split decision win for Corrales.
It's a strange complaint and a peculiar story but has been reported in two of the major online papers and it does look like Watanabe are going to get the JBC to review the final rounds before sending a petition to the WBA. The petition, from what we under-stand, would see Watanabe requesting a third bout with Corrales for Uchiyama. That bout however would depend on Uchiyama deciding to remain an active fighter.
It's a a strange one, and one we can't see the WBA acting on, but it does seem that, even now, the bout irks the team behind Uchiyama. Despite the intentions of Watanabe it will be seen, in the eyes of many, like Watanabe and Uchiyama are sore losers and it would be a shame for Uchiyama's final memory in the sport to be his team petition on such weak grounds.
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