OSAKA, Japan -- Ryo Miyazaki of Japan beat Jesus Silvestre on points Wednesday to retain the WBA minimumweight title.
Miyazaki, 25, was badly bloodied by the end of the 12 rounds, but two judges scored the bout 115-113 and 115-114 in his favor. The third judge called it a draw.
Miyazaki improved to 20-0-3 with 11 knockouts. Silvestre, from Mexico, dropped to 27-4 with 20 KOs.
In another bout, Japan's Kazuto Ioka knocked out Thailand's Kwanthai Sithmorseng in the seventh round to retain his WBA light flyweight title.
Ioka improved to 13-0 with nine KOs. Sithmorseng dropped to 43-2-1 with 22 KOs.