Cuadras defends WBC belt; Kimura splits Guevara to take title

Phil Jay 28/11/2015

Carlos Cuadras extended his undefeated run to 35 bouts in making a fifth successful defense of his WBC super flyweight title in Japan.

The 27 year-old overcame home favourite Koki Eto via unanimous decision to fend off the third challenger this year in impressive fashion.

‘Principe’ was never in any danger of losing his title and did enough to warrant 117-111 (twice) and 116-112 scores from the three ringside judges.

A move up to the 118lb bantamweight limit may not be far from the Mexican’s thinking as Cuadras continues to prove his worth in the lower weight class.

Also on the bill at the Xebio Arena in Sendai, Yu Kimura picked up his first career world title at the age of 32 by dethroning Pedro Guevara after a hard-fought twelve rounds.

The former Japanese champion has battled back from two previous setbacks to finally land his dream of a world championship, ending Guevara’s 14-month reign with the WBC at light flyweight.

Calls for a rematch would be understandable following a final verdict of 115-113 (twice) for Kimura and 117-111 for Guevara.

Kimura went into the fight as a massive underdog to pull off the victory, but can now look forward to a first defense of his green belt in the New Year.