Former bantamweight and current WBC featherweight champ, Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs) will defend his title against veteran Mexican former champ, Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KOs), April 8th in Tokyo, Japan as part of a championship triple header.
Hasegawa will be making the first defense of the title he won by beating Juan Carlos Burgos in November of last year. Previously, the Japanese star held the WBC bantamweight crown, defending it ten times before being KO’d in four rounds by Fernando Montiel in April of last year.
Gonzalez, a former bantamweight world champ, holds victories of Montiel, Mark Johnson and Irene Pacheco while dropping bouts to the likes of Israel Vazquez, Gerry Penalosa, and Toshiaki Nishioka. He is 7-0 since being stopped in three by Nishioka in May of 2009.
Also on the card, Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs), who scored a TKO win over Gonzalez , looks to make the sixth defense of his WBC super bantamweight title against Argentina’s Mauricio Muñoz (21-2, 9 KOs).
Muñoz has only one fight outside of Argentina and has yet to face talent beyond the regional/national level.
In the third bout of the triple header, WBC super featherweight champ and former featherweight titlist, Takahiro Ao (20-2-1, 9 KOs), will make the first defense of the title he took from Vitali Tajbert in November. He’ll be taking on Mexican southpaw, Humberto Mauro Gutierrez (28-2-1, 20 KOs). Gutierrez is best known for dropping a unanimous decision in 2009 to Tajbert.