Venezeulan ex-champ Alexander Munoz (30-2, 27 KOs), 114.75, recaptured the WBA 115-pound belt as he maintained the pressure despite sometimes absrobing roundhouse shots and pounded out a unanimous decision (117-112, 117-111 and 118-109) over previously unbeaten Japanese defending champ Nobuo Nashiro (9-1, 5 KOs), 115, over twelve heats on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan
Japan-based Venezuelan KO artist Edwin Valero (22-0, 22 KOs), 130, kept his WBA 130-pound belt as he kept stalking WBA mandatory challenger Nobuhito Honmo (29-5-2, 5 KOs), 129.5, all night, bloodied him by opening four lacerations and finally halted him at 1:54 of the eighth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Valero, a hard-punching southpaw, failed to drop the defensive and negative Japanese, but kept throwing punches from all angles to make it a very lopsided affair. Before the stoppage due to Honmo's bad bleeding, the official scorecards were: 70-63, 70-64 and 69-64, all for the defending champ. Valero is to fight his next bout in the US according to his promoter Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions.
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (22-2, 7 KOs), 118, kept his belt as he earned a unanimous but disappointing decision (116-112 twice and 115-113) over previously unbeaten South African challenger Simphiwe Vetyeka (16-1, 9 KOs), 117.75, over tweleve dull rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Vetyeka seldom threw punches positively, and Hasegawa was too cautious to attack the taller challenger. Neither threw many punches in the first eleven rounds, but Hasegawa turned loose with a barrage of punches to almost topple Vetyeka only in the final session.