Earlier today it was announced that former 2-weight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15) would be making his ring return on May 9th and, despite some assuming it would be an easy one, it really is a tough for the Japanese legend.
The 4-time Japanese MVP, also known as the "Ace of Japan"will be up against unbeaten Mexican foe Horacio Garcia (29-0, 21), who is not only unbeaten but comes into the bout on the back of a 6 fight stoppage run. That run has taken just over 1 year to record and seen him taking out all 6 foes in a combined 16 rounds! Those wins have helped take Garcia to a couple of world rankings, with the WBC ranking him #9 and the IBF placing him at #12.
Hasegawa was last seen in the ring last April when he was stopped in 7 rounds by Spanish bull Kiko Martinez, who retained the IBF Super Bantamweight title in hat bout. It was assumed he would retire after that loss but earlier this year he made it clear he would return to the ring.
The former WBC Bantamweight and Featherweight champion is now 34 years old and will know that this will be his last chance to rise to the top. Sadly it needs to be said that he cannot afford another loss if he's to achieve his dream of becoming a 3-weight world champion.
As well as Hasegawa this card has also got Shun Kubo (6-0, 4) announced for it, with Kubo taking on a yet to be announced opponent in an 8 round bout.
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(Image courtesy of Daily.co.jp)
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