In an almost mirror image of his TKO 4 loss to Fernando Montiel last year, defending WBC featherweight champ, Hozumi Hasegawa (29-4, 12 KOs) was stopped in four rounds by Mexican veteran, Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan.
In the first two rounds, Hasegawa carried a slight advantage, working from the southpaw stance and managing to avoid most of Gonzalez’s probing shots. In the third, though, Gonzalez began to find a home for his long punches and Hasegawa was clearly affected by the Mexican’s power.
The end of the bout came in the fourth, when Gonzalez landed a hard, whipping right rand flush on Hasegawa’s face and dropped the two-division Japanese champ. Hasegawa managed to get to his feet, but with clearly shaky legs, the ref opted to call the contest right then and there.
Gonzalez, a former bantamweight title holder, now becomes a two-division world champ.
Also on the card, WBC super featherweight champion Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs) finished Humberto Gutierrez (28-3-1, 20KOs) in four rounds with a stunning body shot and WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs) stopped Mauricio Munoz (21-3, 9 KOs) in nine.