Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs), 130, kept his WBA super-featherweight belt as he sank previously undefeated challenger Jaider Parra (20-1-1 10 KOs), 129.75, a Venezuelan jabber, in agony with a single body shot at 2:15 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was Uchiyama’s seventh successful defense with six within the distance.
Jaider, the younger brother of ex-WBA flyweight champ Lorenzo Parra, cautiously started action as he paid his respect to the champ’s vaunted power punching. Uchiyama, three years his senior at 33, looked a little stiff than usual, but threw more punches to the tight-guarded Venezuelan. The champ, in round two, positively threw solid left-right combinations followed by strong left hooks, which were averted by Parra’s good defense. Uchiyama maintained the pressure regardless of precision, winning the second round.
The third saw Parra toss good jabs to have the right eyelid of Uchiyama reddened, and the champ tried to fight back with long one-two combos with less precision. The Japanese titlist apparently felt out the elusive challenger and solved his strategy as well. He turned loose in the fourth as he swarmed over the challenger with a flurry of punches.
Uchiyama, in the fifth, stayed aggressive and dug solid shots to the belly to stop Parra’s mobility. But some caught him under the belt, so the referee Pinit Prayadsab from Thailand gave a warning to the aggressor. Just after the warning, Uchiyama connected with a very vicious left hook to the belly which was so heavy and effective that it looked to have broken a rib of the challenger. Parra fell in agony prone for more than one hundred count. It was a spectacular one-punch knockout.
Before the trick happened, the judges had tallied as follows: Stefano Carozza (Italy) 40-36, and Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico) and Sergio Caiz (US) both 39-37, all in favor of Uchiyama.
The winner jubilantly said, “It was a shot I was aiming to land. I hope to face the WBC champ Takashi Miura for unification.” Miura who lately dethroned Mexican Gamaliel Diaz this April served as a commentator and responded to his verbal challenge as he once failed to win the WBA belt from Uchiyama to retire at the end of the eighth round because of a deteriorated vision though dropping him midway in the contest in January 2011.
The crestfallen Parra who tasted his first setback cried and gloomily said in the dressing room, “Uchiyama was more experienced and stronger. I hope to have a world title shot again.”
Uchiyama earnestly looked forward to facing WBA interim 130-pound champ Yuriorkis Gamboa, who, however, lately moved up to the 135-pound category, so there will be no confrontation he highly anticipated. Uchiyama, who very diligently keep his training life, may keep his belt and make his reign so long that he will close to this country’s most title defenses, thirteen previously registered by WBA 108-pound champ Yoko Gushiken.
Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
WBA supervisor: George Marinez (Canada).