Originally Posted by warp1432
Japan has been a little more accepting of the WBO in recent years. Hasegawa fought Montiel for it in Japan.
The IBF though is still disregarded because of the bribing scandal in the late 90s.
HAsegawa didn't fight for it, it would became vacant if he happend to win. It was promoted as WBC Champion vs. WBO champion and I don't think WBO has any better position than IBF there.