Hozumi Hasegawa retained his WBC bantamweight crown in front of his hometown crowd in Kobe, Japan on Saturday night with a ninth round one punch knockout over Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion.
Hasegawa, who was two rounds up on all three judges cards before a cracking right hook stopped the Thai challenger in his tracks, improves to 20-2-(7) while Nakhornluang-Promotion falls to 52-3-2-(37).
On the undercard Venezuelan lightweight Edwin Valero extended his incredible knockout record to 19 wins in 19 starts. The 24 year-old southpaw had stopped all his previous 18 opponents in the opening round but this time he was made to work overtime before stopping Genaro Trazancos in the second round.
Other results from Kobe
Super Featherweight Takahiro Aoh w ko 2 Oswaldo Juarez
Super Featherweight Zaiki Takemoto w pts 6 Kularbdang Kiatkrerin
Featherweight Kyohei Tamakoshi w pts 6 Satoshi Niwa
Super Featherweight Yasuki Takemoto drew 6 Akira Yamazaki
Featherweight Koji Yoshimura w pts 6 Keita Tadachi
Junior Welterweight Shozo Kanetani w pts 4 Isao Furuta
March 25, 2006