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Reveco retains WBA title

Boxing

KAWASAKI, Japan – Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco achieved a unanimous points decision over Japan's Masayuki Kuroda to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight title on Wednesday.

Two judges scored it 117-111, while the other judge counted it 116-112 in favour of the defending champion.

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Champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina, left, hits a right to challenger Masayuki Kuroda of Japan during WBA flyweight world title match in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Reveco won the match by an unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

It was Reveco's third defence of the title since he defeated Jean Piero Perez of Venezuela by a knockout to become the interim champion in June 2011.

The 29-year-old Reveco, who became the full champion after his second defence, improved his record to 30 wins, including 16 KOs, against one defeat.

It was the first attempt at a world title for Kuroda, ranked ninth in the WBA, who saw his record reduced to 21 wins, including 13 KOs, against four defeats and two draws. – Sapa-AFP

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