THREE-TIME WORLD CHAMP HASEGAWA RETIRES


December 8, 2016

KOBE, JAPAN

Three-time WBC champion Hozumi Hasegawa on Friday announced to hang up gloves for good without making a defense after winning his third belt in the super-bantam class via stoppage of Hugo Ruiz this September. Hozumi, a 35-year-old veteran southpaw, captured the WBC bantam throne by an upset victory over Veeraphol Sahaprom Nakhonluang-Promotion on points in 2005 and kept it ten times including a clearcut KO win over the former champ to his credit. Having been dethroned by WBO ruler Fernando Montiel in a unification bout in 2010, Hozumi, in his comeback bout, jumped up to the 126-pound division and acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt by outscoring Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos that year. Hasegawa, in his initial defense, forfeited his second belt to Jhonny Gonzalez by a fourth round stoppage in 2011. It was five years later that Hozumi astoundingly gained his third belt by an upset stoppage over Hugo Ruiz at the end of the ninth round, as the Mexican quit on the stool last September. Hasegawa had strongly wished to face then WBO 122-pound ruler Nonito Donaire with both belts on the line, but his motivation to fight on diminished after watching Filipino Flash lose his belt to Jessie Magdaleno by an upset verdict this November. The ex-champ said, gI have nothing to prove more, and it becomes truly hard to have myself motivated to go on after my third coronation.h Hasegawa has been very loyal to the WBC since he pursued only the green belts in the three categories. Hozumi, whose overall record was 36-5, 16 KOs, has been coached and managed by formerly policeman and currently active promoter Masato Yamashita of Shinsei Promotions for some fifteen years. Well done.

(12-10-2016)


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