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Hasegawa vs Gonzalez: Hozumi is Ready For a War

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBC featherweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa is ready for a war. He defends the title against mandatory challenger, and former champion Jhonny Gonzalez, on Friday in Kobe, Japab. Hasegawa-Gonzalez is part of a WBC tripleheader at the venue. Last November Hasegawa went up by two weight divisions to beat Juan Carlos Burgos to capture the vacant belt.

‘‘Everything is going smoothly and I want to be in top condition by the day of the fight,’’ Hasegawa told Japan Today. ‘‘I have already fought once (for the featherweight title) and I know what I have got to do. (Gonzalez) is tall with a long reach and is a tricky opponent. I have been tuning up to make use of my speed."

Also on the show, WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka will be making his sixth title defense against sixth-ranked challenger Mauricio Munoz of Argentina, and WBC super featherweight champion Takahiro Aoh will take on Mexican Humberto Gutierrez, ranked third in the world. It will be the first time that three Japanese champions will defend their titles together at the same venue.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ManOfVictory on 04-06-2011

[QUOTE=MEXGBP;10330964]does anyone has a link to watch the fight PM me if do thanks[/QUOTE] i will hit u up on friday.

Comment by LeadUppercut on 04-06-2011

[QUOTE=Don Johnson;10333774]thanks alot it's alright man, us island people gotta stick together![/QUOTE] Nah, we all got to stick together ;) Enjoy the fight bro. WARRR Hasegawa !!

Comment by Don Johnson on 04-06-2011

[QUOTE=Hallaqsillaq;10331375]Accept my apologies in lieu of his. It is derogatory. Stupid way to express himself, but he has proven to shoot from the hip... Then we wonder why people have it with Puertoricans... sigh...[/QUOTE] thanks alot it's alright man, us…

Comment by Hallaqsillaq on 04-05-2011

[quote=prboxingcotto;10329771]i go for gonzalez and for one reason if he wins he can unify with juanma because the japs dont come to the u.s so we wont get great matchups of the best fighting the best so just bring the…

Comment by Hallaqsillaq on 04-05-2011

[QUOTE=Don Johnson;10329777]you have something against the Japanese or something? You root against Japanese fighters every time and you use a derogatory term. The word "Jap" is to the Japanese as "Spick" is to Hispanics, not a very pretty term to…

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