Ishida defends interim WBA title

Nobuhiro Ishida retained his WBA interim super welterweight

title Tuesday by defeating challenger Oney Valdez of Colombia by

unanimous decision.

The 34-year-old Ishida sent Valdez to the canvas with a right to

the head in the 10th round at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

The judges scored the bout 117-110, 119-108 and 118-109 in favor

of Ishida.

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

At 34 years, 4 months, Ishida became the second-oldest Japanese

boxer to defend a world title behind former WBC flyweight champion

Daisuke Naito.