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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Art Of Flyfisting

TOKYO () -- Undefeated Russian champion Yuri Arbachakov stopped Japanese challenger Takato Toguchi in the ninth round Monday night, knocking the defender down twice as he defended his World Boxing Council flyweight title.

Japanese referee Nobuaki Uratani stopped the fight one minute, 29 seconds into the ninth when Arbachakov swarmed over the helpless Toguchi before more than 7,000 spectators at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena in downtown Tokyo.

It was the 29-year-old Arbachakov's ninth defense of the title he won from Muangchai Kittikasem of Thailand on June 23, 1992, in Tokyo with an eight-round knockout.

Arbachakov, who fights out of a Japanese gym, attacked the 26-year-old Toguchi with sharp and speedy blows from the first round, but the Japanese challenger escaped many blows with his distinctive footwork and weaving style.

The victory brought Arbachakov's record to 23-0 with 16 knockouts. It was Toguchi's third defeat against 18 victories, including 15 knockouts.