Coming in to this weekend we though we were about to see the end of the fantastic Hozumi Hasegawa (34-5, 15). The once sensational Japanese fighter had looked a shadow of his former self in his previous bout, a stoppage loss to Kiko Martinez a year ago, and at 35 years old it was clear he wasn't going to be the fighter who had once dominated the Bantamweight division.
Surprisingly however Hasegawa managed to roll back the clock today as he schooled previously unbeaten Mexican puncher Horacio Garcia (29-1, 21) in what was a thoroughly one-sided bout.
We had genuinely worried about Hasegawa's health going in, the Japanese fighter had himself admit he wasn't expecting to win, and Hasegawa had managed to injure himself in a public training session ahead of this bout. Despite everything he managed to put on a vintage performance, completely neutralising the supposedly dangerous Mexican and thoroughly out boxing and out speeding him.
From very early on it seemed clear that Garcia had no real answer for Hasegawa's southpaw stance. Hasegawa himself didn't start quickly though he did see to warm to the task and found himself landing sharp counters and eye catching flurries at will whilst Garcia was left fumbling and made to look lost.
Whilst the bout wasn't quite a shut out for the Japanese great it was genuine one sided with Hasegawa taking the decision with wide scores on all 3 cards, which read 100-91, 98-93 and 97-93.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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