Photos: Kiko Martinez Blasts Hasegawa, Yamanaka Wins
Challenger Hozumi Hasegawa missed out on becoming only the second Japanese boxer after Koki Kameda to win world titles in three different divisions on Wednesday, when he was beaten by IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez of Spain.
The 33-year-old Hasegawa lost by technical knockout after his bout was stopped 80 seconds into the seventh round, when he was knocked to the canvas for the second time at Osaka-Jo Hall.
Martinez had the 13th-ranked Hasegawa on the ropes and sent him down with a flurry of punches in the second round before the Spaniard finished him off in the seventh.
It was Hasegawa’s first world title match since he lost his WBC featherweight crown in April 2011.
Martinez improved to 31 wins (23 KOs) against four losses, while Hasegawa saw his record drop to 33-5 (15 KOs).
In a later bout, Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka successfully defended his WBC bantamweight crown on for the sixth time, when he stopped Stephane Jamoye of Belgium with a technical knockout in the ninth round.
Yamanaka ended his fight against Jamoye, the WBC’s third-ranked challenger, 11 seconds into the ninth round. The Japanese fighter took command of the bout early, pummeling his opponent with powerful lefts. Yamanaka improved to 21-0 with two draws and 16 wins by knockout. Jamoye’s record fell to 25 wins against 30 defeats.
Jamoye was finally overcome by a ferocious left-handed body blow that earned Yamanaka his fifth straight win by knockout.
“I’m glad I could energize the place with a knockout,” Yamanaka said.
I dont understand why a kiko martinez and leo santa cruz bout hasnt been in high demand i would love to see that fight.Comment by any craic lad? on 04-23-2014
It's a pretty crappy day too be a fan of Hozumi.I think the writing is unfortunately on the wall for HH.Bravo too Kiko on what seemed too be an excellent performance and a great career turnaroundComment by Rikanlynx86 on 04-23-2014
Hasegawa was very resilient but he just could not keep kiko off. Great fight.Comment by The_Demon on 04-23-2014
[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke;14459482]He'll be fighting Scott Quigg next more than likely. I think Quigg has what it takes to beat Martinez, although he'll have a tougher time than Frampton had and Martinez gave Carl a really good scrap. Wouldn't surprise me…Comment by IronDanHamza on 04-23-2014
[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke;14459482]He'll be fighting Scott Quigg next more than likely. I think Quigg has what it takes to beat Martinez, although he'll have a tougher time than Frampton had and Martinez gave Carl a really good scrap. Wouldn't surprise me…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (7)