Undefeated Russian boxer Dmitry Pirog keeps WBO World Champion title
May 2, 2012
On May 1, Russian middleweight champ Dmitry Pirog took on Japan's Nobuhiro Ishida to defend his WBO belt. Pirog's victory over Ishida marks the 20th consecutive win for the Russian fighter, according to The Associated Press. However, the victory was not easily won, as the bout went on for the full 12 rounds.
"A lot of work was put into preparing for this fight and I'm very pleased to have successfully defended my title," Pirog told reporters, according to RIA Novosti. "I was prepared for Ishida, but to his credit, he surprised me a lot and I've learned a great deal from fighting him. Now I'm already looking forward to meeting my next opponent."
The international news source reports Pirog started out cautiously and it was not until the eighth round that Ishida's chances began to wane. However, the Japanese boxer hung in there for another four rounds, but it was Pirog who came away the victor.