Injin Chi Stops Sugama in 10th
26.07.04 - World featherweight champion Injin Chi of South Korea knocked out Eiichi Sugama in the 10th round to defend his WBC featherweight crown on Saturday night in Seoul, Korea. Sugama, a former Japanese national champion, came close to pulling off an upset when he rocked Chi late in the 6th round, sending him to the canvas. After getting up, Chi was visibly hurt as he walked back to his corner. However, Chi recovered and by the end of the 9th round, he was unloading with devastating hooks and uppercuts on his Japanese opponent. In the 10th round, Chi cornered Sugama and drilled him with a flurry of punches that caused Sugama to collapse to the canvas. The referee then stopped the fight and Sugama needed to be revived as he had lost consciousness.
Article posted on 26.07.2004
“Actually, my condition was poor today, so I tried to end the fight as early as possible but it didn’t work,” Chi said. “But I felt that Sugama was getting weak, too, so I held on.”
A day before the fight, Chi (29-2-1 (18 Ko’s) had trouble making the weight limit, as he weighed 58 kilograms in his first try, which was more than the allowable limit of 57.125 kilograms. Chi then had to sit in a hot sauna for the next 90 minutes before he was able to finally make the weight.
With this win, Chi stays on track for a unification bout with his WBO counterpart, Scott Harrison for later on this year.
Chi previously knocked out Briton Michael Brodie in April to win the vacant WBC belt and is South Korea’s only world champion in professional boxing.
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