Interim champ Ishida defends WBA super welterweight title


WBA super welterweight interim champion Nobuhiro Ishida successfully defended his title for the first time Tuesday with a unanimous decision over Oney Valdez of Colombia.

Ishida controlled the fight from the start and sent his 15th-ranked opponent to the canvas with a right to the head in the 10th round at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

The three judges scored the fight 117-110, 119-108 and 118-109 in favor of Ishida.

“I went for a knockout after I knocked him down in the 10th, but he fought back hard. It was a tough match,” Ishida said.

Ishida became the second-oldest Japanese boxer to successfully defend his world title at 34 years, 4 months.

Former WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito stretched his record to 34 years, 8 months in May before losing to Koki Kameda last month.

“Of course I want to be the real champion, not the interim one. I’m ready to fight anywhere if I can get a chance for that,” Ishida said.

He improved to 22-5 with seven knockouts and two draws.